Our Parish – How can I help?
Gift Aid – Learn how you can give more to the Church through a tax rebate.
I know that we all appreciate our beautiful church and all that goes on around it. I thank you all for your generosity especially over the last year when things have been very difficult for many. But it takes a lot of money to run a parish and so I must ask you to think about the financial support that you give to Our Lady Help of Christians.
There is a way to give more money without it coming out of your pocket. As a charity we are able to claim money back from the government at no cost to yourselves under the Gift Aid scheme. The Gift Aid scheme works if you are a UK taxpayer and are paying more in tax than we can reclaim from HMRC. Your contribution would be completely flexible week by week depending on your financial circumstances. You can give in the weekly collections by using the Gift Aid envelopes or you can set up a standing order. You can leave the scheme at any time should you so wish.
The Parish benefits as it can claim tax relief from the government i.e. for every £1 you give, the Parish will receive a further 25p from the government (please make sure that you have paid at least as much tax as we are claiming back because HMRC will hold you responsible to pay any excess). Many parishioners in the Parish already support this scheme and I am extremely grateful to them.
Last year we received £7,105 back from HMRC. This money helps pay some big bills such as £14,794 per year parish levies and £26,325 for Church costs.
In the coming year the parish levy is going to increase to £16,111 and there will also be large expenses for the repair of the roof and the drains. I would therefore ask you to consider joining the Gift Aid scheme with effect from April 2021.
What you need to know about Gift Aid:
- It’s a real help to the Parish.
- It is a confidential scheme.
- You do not have to promise to give a certain amount of money.
- There are no details of earnings needed.
If you feel you can support the scheme please fill in a Gift Aid Declaration Form, available below, or from Geraldine Griffin, Parish Secretary, Email: olhoc.oxford [at] rcaob.org.uk, Tel: 01865 770 910.
Thank you and please help us if you can.
Fr. Harry Curtis