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Gift Aiding your offerings to St Joseph’s Church
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can gift aid your offerings to St Joseph’s Church. This means that we can reclaim money from the taxman which increases your offering by an extra 25%. We make quarterly claims which the Diocese administers for us but all the money comes back to St Joseph’s bank account.
All you need to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration form, which you will find here and send it to the Parish Office for the attention of the Finance Officer.
We have to record your offerings which are entered on a secure and confidential spreadsheet, maintained by the Finance Officer. We need to keep track of each individual’s offerings and you can choose one of 3 methods of payment. Probably the easiest , is to set up a monthly standing order with your bank. Contact us for our account details and you can do the rest yourself. Alternatively, you can pay by monthly direct debit using the form here. Please complete and return it to our Finance Officer. The money is collected centrally by our Finance Office in Portsmouth and all the money is transferred into our Parish bank account once a month. The last method of payment is in cash using our planned giving envelope scheme, which you put into the Sunday collections. There is an envelope for each Sunday plus envelopes for all the special collections. You can give whatever you choose each week and those amounts are recorded on the gift aid spreadsheet.
So, if you are a taxpayer and you haven’t already done so, please make a Gift Aid declaration for St Joseph’s Church. It will greatly help our Parish finances without costing you a penny. We have produced a questions and answer sheet about Gift Aid which you can find here.
Contact our Finance Officer at the Parish Office or by email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to help you.