Tax-efficient giving

Your gift can often be enhanced by a variety of tax breaks for charitable action.

The University of Leicester has charitable tax status (ref X 23305/3) and is consequently able to offer a variety of tax-efficient giving options.

UK residents can make tax-efficient charitable gifts via a number of schemes. As well as this, your employer may operate a scheme whereby it will match gifts you make to charities. You can usually find out about these schemes from your organisation’s human resources department.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a UK government scheme that enables the University to claim tax relief on gifts from UK taxpayers. We would encourage all eligible givers to take up this scheme to maximise their contribution. For every £1 a UK taxpayer gives, 25p in reclaimed tax is added. This means that a £100 gift with Gift Aid is worth £125 to the University.

Please note that we will share relevant and necessary data with HM Revenue and Customs to enable us to reclaim the Gift Aid on your gift. Please fill out the Gift Aid form (PDF, 357kb).

Gifts from companies are not eligible for Gift Aid. However, the company can treat the gift as an allowable expense, making a saving on corporation tax.

Payroll giving

UK taxpayers who are paid under PAYE (Pay As You Earn) can maximise regular contributions to the University through payroll giving. Gifts made through this scheme are taken directly from the gross pay, giving the benefactor immediate tax relief at the highest rate of tax for which they qualify.

If you are a UK taxpayer and are interested in this method of giving, please request an application form from your employer, detailing your wishes to give to the University of Leicester. The employer will then deduct a gift directly from your salary before tax is applied.

Please contact us at +44 (0)116 252 2354 or email annualgiving@le.ac.uk so that we are aware of your gift.