HOW CAN I GIVE TO ST AUGUSTINES?
Members of St Augustine’s contribute to the life and work of the church in many different ways. Whilst the information below relates to financial giving, other pages on this site explain the variety of ways you can get involved and contribute to life and work of St Augustine’s.
There are three ways to do this:
- By setting up a standing order with your bank – if you would like details on how to set this up, please contact the Parish Office.
- Through your employer’s payroll giving scheme ‘Give As You Earn’ (GAYE only applies if your employer runs such a scheme – your Human Resources department can provide details on this. For higher rate tax payers then please also see the section below under ‘tax efficient giving’).
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
- A regular offering is taken at all our Sunday services. You can give using Cash or via your Smartphone using the Givt App. If you give using cash and wish to claim Gift Aid, please use the giving envelopes provided.
- If you would like to send us a cheque or a giving voucher, please make it payable to ‘St Augustine of Hippo PCC’ and send to the Parish Office at the address on our website.
TO LEAVE A LEGACY
If you are considering making a bequest to St Augustine’s or have already included a gift to St Augustine’s in your will and would like to talk to somebody or require more information, then please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or contact the Parish Office This information will be treated in confidence and is not binding in any way. General information is also available from the Church of England’s legacy giving website at www.churchlegacy.org.uk.
TAX EFFICIENT GIVING
- If you pay UK tax (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like us to be able to claim back the basic rate tax through the government’s gift aid scheme, you will need to fill in, sign and return to us an ongoing Gift Aid declaration if you have not done so already. The benefit to St Augustines is that we can recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each pound given at no extra cost to you. (If you pay higher rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return.)
- Higher rate UK tax payers and payroll giving: if you pay higher or additional rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return, alternatively, you may pass on this extra tax to St Augustines by giving via your employer’s payroll giving scheme (Payroll Giving).
- If you are a UK higher rate (40%) or additional rate (45%) income tax payer and you give to St Augustines directly and allow us to reclaim the basic rate tax through Gift Aid then you may recover, through your tax return, the difference between the basic rate tax that St Augustines recovers and higher or additional rate that you have paid. Alternatively, if you give via Payroll Giving then, because you are giving “pre-tax”, you are able to pass on the full benefit of your tax to St Augustines immediately; so if you are a higher rate taxpayer St Augustines will receive 42p more per £1 of donation and for additional rate taxpayers, St Augustines will receive 57p more per £1 of donation than if you give through Gift Aid. Because these donations are made “pre-tax”, St Augustine’s does not have to reclaim the tax that you pay via Gift Aid, this means that you have to build in the “tax-back” element to your donation.
- For example, if you are a higher rate taxpayer and currently give St Augustines £300 a month, St Augustine’s is able to claim £75 of your tax back via Gift Aid. If you donate £500 via Payroll Giving you will receive £300 less pay each month, meaning your £500 donation will cost you the same as your current giving, but St Augustines will receive £125 more. The same result can be achieved by you filling in a self assessment tax return and re-claiming the difference between the tax recovered via Gift Aid and the tax that you have actually paid but requires you to actually fill in a tax return and takes longer for the gift to be received.