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Charities warned over online Gift Aid repayment claims deadline
10:10am Sunday 29th September 2013 in Local
CHARITIES are being reminded that from October 1 they must make Gift Aid repayment claims using the Charities Online service.
More than 33,492 charities have registered to claim Gift Aid online since the service was launched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) five months ago. Charities Online is intended to make claiming Gift Aid repayments faster for charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs).
HMRC has sent 126,000 letters to charities and CASCs which have made a Gift Aid claim in the last three years, reminding them that they will not be able to use the old R68i claim form after the deadline.
Andrew Edwards, HMRC’s head of charities, said: “Using Charities Online to make a Gift Aid repayment claim is quicker and typically takes only three days, rather than the 26 days that it took using the R68(i) paper claim form. We worked with charities and developed the online service in response to their feedback.”
Charities can get information on how to use the system from the HMRC website at hmrc.gov.uk/charities/online/index.htm.
Any that do not have access to the internet will have to make claims on a new ChR1 paper form, available from the HMRC Charities Helpline on 0845 302 0203.
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