How it works for Donors
As part of registering with Swiftaid, donors confirm they are UK taxpayers and let us know their email, name, and address.
Donors are then asked to connect their bank account to Swiftaid using Open Banking. This is so Swiftaid can search for any eligible Gift Aid donations made at any charity registered with Swiftaid.
If eligible donations are discovered, Swiftaid creates a Gift Aid declaration on behalf of the donor and submits a Gift Aid claim directly to HMRC. The donor's details are not shared with the charity in order to collect Gift Aid.
At the end of the financial year, we'll send the donor a statement which Higher Rate Taxpayers can use to reduce the tax they pay.
How it works for Charities
By registering with Swiftaid charities confirm they are registered with HMRC and let us know the following information:
- Official name of charity as known by HMRC
- HMRC charity reference
- Charity regulator number
This information is used to let HMRC know they will be receiving Gift Aid claims from Swiftaid on behalf of the charity.
Charities are then asked to add a donation source. This is done so that Swiftaid can:
- Uniquely identify eligible donations
- Know exactly how much Gift Aid can be claimed
- Ensure that Gift Aid/GASDS tax relief isn’t claimed more than once on each donation
Once registration is complete and all information is verified, Swiftaid can begin processing Gift Aid declarations and submitting claims to HMRC on the charities behalf. There is no additional admin for charities to worry about. Swiftaid handles the entire Gift Aid process and HMRC pays the charity directly 🙌