GIFT AID ENVELOPES
The Gift Aid envelope is available for you to use if you are a UK taxpayer who has paid an amount of income tax or capital gains tax in each tax year at least equal to the amount we may reclaim on your donation.
In 2014 this is 25p in every £1.
Please use the green Gift Aid envelope found on the pew ledges in church, as this will significantly increase the amount of gift aid received by St Chad’s Church.
As well as the green envelopes, we also distribute the yellow envelopes which are dated and come in a convenient box, as a supply for a whole year. These can be obtained from the Gift Aid Secretary. Foir those who are able to Gift Aid their giving it would be helpful if they completed a form, which can be obtained from the Gift Aid Secretary, but there is no need to do so. Some people find these weekly envelopes helpful in keeping up regular giving.
Tax efficient giving to your local church…
If you already give regularly towards the upkeep and work of St Chad’s Church, here in Pattingham – or indeed would consider doing so in the future, then a scheme has been launched by the Diocese of Lichfield (to which we belong) which will make it all easier and more tax efficient.
The scheme is called GIVING DIRECT.
You can choose to make donations either monthly, quarterly or annually. And although your donation goes in the first instance to the Diocese, it is completely restricted to the named parish or church you choose – in our case St Chad’s here in Pattingham.
The advantage of doing it this way is that the Diocese will guarantee to send us your donation within 14 days and to include with it the Gift Aid refund that, at present, we may have to wait several months to reclaim. So you will soon see that it could make a big difference to our cash flow as a parish. And it will not cost the church here in Pattingham anything, or indeed you anything extra to your donation.
This is a direct debit scheme – and it only works if you agree to sign up for it, and it has to replace any existing standing order or direct debit that you may have in favour of the church. There is also an option for every donor to commit to increasing their donation each year in line with inflation – but you do have the option to decide. And – if your circumstances should change in the future, you can ‘get out’ of this scheme quite easily – although you will have to notify the Finance Dept in Lichfield.
I think this could be a really important and exciting development for us here in Pattingham. Not only of benefit to the church locally, but also important for the way that, as Christians, we live out our commitment to faith in our daily lives and make wise use of our financial resources.
If you want to know more, please feel free to speak to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or the Treasurer and have a look at the back of church, where you will find more information and a supply of forms to sign up.
Thanking you in anticipation!……