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Posted Fri, 28 Jul 2023 15:32:14 GMT by shmola
I have been charged tax on gift aid payments @ 20% for the first time in my tax return - despite having income well over 4 times the amount of the gift aid payments. It seems to have added a substantial amount to my tax bill for the year which doesn't feel like it makes sense. Am I misunderstanding something?
Posted Tue, 08 Aug 2023 08:54:28 GMT by HMRC Admin 32

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Posted Mon, 21 Aug 2023 17:20:30 GMT by shmola
Can it be looked into before I submit the return? I'm concerned I may have completed the self assessment incorrectly as this has never happened in previous years.
Posted Thu, 24 Aug 2023 15:12:01 GMT by HMRC Admin 25
Hi shmola,
No, you need to submit the return before we can see it.
Please make sure you have declare eall your income and tax deducted to show that you do pay tax so that the gift aid is correctly applied.
Thank you. 
Posted Fri, 25 Aug 2023 12:58:07 GMT by Bella Boo
Hi, I'm not HMRC Admin but it is correct you should get charged 20% on gift aid. Gift aid only reduces your tax bill if you are a higher rate payer. The charity claim the basic rate tax you paid and that is why you need to pay basic rate tax on it (else there would be no tax for the charity to claim).

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