Jersey’s Minister for Treasury and Resources has approved changes to Revenue Jersey’s rules about donating regularly to charity, meaning charities will be able to claim back tax more easily than before.
It has also introduced a simpler process that allows charities to claim up to 25p for every £1 on donations of £50 or more.
With a change to the rules, donations will qualify if they add up to £50 or more over the course of the year. The scheme, to be called ‘Jersey Gift Support’, will also mean taxpayers only have to complete one form (paper or digital) to cover all regular donations made in the year. More information is available at gov.je
To speed up repayments, charities will now only need to send a schedule of the donations when making a claim, rather than send in each paper certificate. It is hoped that a reduction in paperwork will help charities to streamline their processes. Charities should keep good records of all their donations in case they are asked by Revenue Jersey to support their claims.
Revenue Jersey is working with the Association of Jersey Charities to raise awareness of the changes. Together they are creating a digital form that will be available for use by any charity.
Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Susie Pinel said: “I am pleased to see Revenue Jersey working in partnership with the third sector to boost charities’ income, especially in these economically uncertain times.”
Kevin Keen, Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, said: “These changes are fantastic news for charities. Encouraging Islanders to give small amounts but on a regular basis will make a huge difference to the sector long term and I think could create more engagement between charities and the community they serve.”