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Payroll Giving – Share your Christmas spirit all year round.

What is payroll giving?

Payroll Giving is a scheme that enables your employees to give to any UK charity straight from their gross salary (before tax is deducted), and to receive immediate tax relief of up to £5 for every £10 donated.

Monies donated by employees reached £133 million in 2017-18 compared to £131 million in 2016-17 according to the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) and employer matching increased from £7 million in 2016-17 to £8.5 million in the past financial year.

The 2017-18 figures are based on statistics from the three largest Payroll Giving agencies: Charities Aid Foundation, Charities Trust and Charitable Giving.

People give to charity in lots of different ways – by credit card, collection boxes, direct debit, bequests, fundraising and regular donations.

Experience shows that the most sustainable form of charitable giving is through the Payroll Giving scheme, set up by the Government in 1987, which enables anyone receiving pay or a pension subject to PAYE to donate to charity from their gross pay. To find out more about gift aid and the tax benefits to individuals and charities read our factsheet here.

Do you have a nominated charity? If you do why don’t you consider payroll giving for your staff?

What are the benefits in payroll giving and how do you go about promoting it to your staff?

Payroll giving is easy to set up and once the payroll function is up and running it won’t cost you as a business anything at all.

It will help to support your CSR policy and will also help with staff retention. It’s a good thing to advertise to show that you are a socially conscious employer. You could of course if you wished match the contribution as a business to encourage staff take up.

You should promote payroll giving for your chosen charity well and often. Try to tell them rather than sell the scheme – charitable giving can be very personal. Of course staff can use payroll giving to support any charity not just the charity you support as a business.

Currently over 5,500 employers operate Payroll Giving schemes in the UK, with over 1 million employees donating each month, benefitting over 8,500 different causes.

A copy of the Haines Watts Fact Sheet on Charitable Giving is available here.

Haines Watts East Anglia

For a number of years Haines Watts East Anglia has supported EACH – East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The offices raise funds through various cake sales, jumper days and non-uniform days.

Each supports families, children and young people living with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement.

The offices also regularly support Macmillan Cancer Coffee mornings as well as sponsoring staff at charity events throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about payroll giving, inheritance tax planning and ‘leaving a legacy’ please contact us now.

Want to know more? Call us on 01379 640555 or email

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