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Gift Aid

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Visiting Killerton in Devon | © National Trust Images/John Millar

We're a charity and if you are a UK taxpayer and provide us with a Gift Aid declaration, we can reclaim 25p for every £1 you give us. Gift Aid is a government scheme where charities can reclaim money on your contribution from HM Revenue & Customs.

Making a Gift Aid declaration

Gift Aid allows us to reclaim from the Government the tax that you have already paid on your membership subscriptions and donations. If all our eligible members and donors agreed to Gift Aid we could claim millions of pounds more each year - vital extra funds that would help us in our important work.

To make your subscription worth even more to us, you can contact the Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895 or download the declaration form and return it to:

The National Trust
PO Box 574
S63 3FH

More about Gift Aid

  • We can reclaim an extra 25 per cent of your membership subscriptions and/or donations
  • Anyone who is a UK income or capital gains taxpayer can make a Gift Aid declaration – you just need to pay enough tax to cover all your donations to charity
  • One Gift Aid declaration covers your current and future donations and membership subscriptions. An option is also available to backdate your Gift Aid contribution for up to four years by speaking to a member of the Supporter Services Centre team
  • Gift Aid is not a method of payment, so you still pay your subscription in the usual way
  • You can cancel or amend your Gift Aid declaration at any time simply by contacting our Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895 (local rates apply)
  • We cannot claim Gift Aid on any donations made via tax efficient giving mechanisms such as CAF, as these payments have already had tax relief applied
  • Please note that we cannot reclaim tax on gift membership subscriptions.
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Low autumn sun shining through trees across the lake at Wallington, Northumberland | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Gift Aid on Entry

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

How Gift Aid Admission helps us

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown in the table below. Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

Amount paid by visitorTax refund from Government*Total received by the National Trust
Gift Aid Admission£11£2.75£13.75
Standard Admission£10£0£10

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration, and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself and members of his/her family.

You must be a UK taxpayer to participate in the Gift Aid scheme. You need to pay enough Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in each tax year to cover the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations to charity otherwise you are responsible to pay any difference.

Money raised from this scheme goes towards vital conservation and restoration projects at the place you're visiting.

Gift Aid through membership

Most National Trust members already pay their subscriptions using Gift Aid, helping us to reclaim many millions of pounds every year at no extra cost to themselves. If you are a member and are not already paying in this way, you can make a Gift Aid declaration to the Trust online.

Or you can make your declaration by simply telephoning our Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895

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