Charities now need to make Gift Aid repayment claims via HMRC’s new Charities Online service which went live on 1 October.
HMRC has already notified charities that have claimed Gift Aid in the last three years to encourage them to sign up for the Charities Online service by, as it stopped accepting repayment claims on R68(i) forms from 30 September.
HMRC says the benefit of the online system includes submitting claims faster and more accurately, as it has built-in checks that flag up mistakes before a claim is submitted.
There are three options for claiming via Charities Online, including a paper-based option for charities that do not have internet access. They are:
- claiming via an online form, the best option for organisations normally filing Gift Aid claims for fewer than 1,000 donors
- sending claims directly from the charity’s own database or system, with details for up to 500,000 Gift Aid donors
- submitting claims on paper on form ChR1, which replaces R68(i) forms and has been designed so that HMRC can scan it directly into its online system.
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.”