Payroll Giving

Make payday the best day of the month with Payroll Giving. Your generous gift each month help bring us one step closer to a cure for dementia.

What is a Payroll Giving donation?

Payroll Giving is one of the easiest ways to give to Alzheimer's Society and support people affected by dementia. Your donation will be taken pre-tax directly from your pay cheque every month, so you don’t pay any tax on your gift. This means it costs you less to give. 

Alzheimer's Society - Payroll Giving - How it works

Payroll Giving is available for all PAYE employees

Payroll Giving is one the easiest ways to give straight from your pay to Alzheimer's Society and support people affected by dementia. Your donation will be taken pre-tax on your Payroll every month, so you don’t pay any tax on your gift. Learn about the tax break for payroll givers on the HMRC website.

It's also worth knowing:

  • Payroll Giving is tax-efficient, easy and secure
  • Give extra, pay the same. Get tax relief on your donations
  • No constraint. Your gift can be changed and stopped at anytime
  • Feel safe. No bank details required

Today, there are over 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia – but we are only able to reach one in ten who need support. And there is still no cure. But we cannot do this without you. 

  • £5 could pay for a person with dementia to attend a session at a Dementia Café, where they will receive information about dementia, as well as practical tips and emotional support from people in a similar situation.
  • £10 could pay for a person with dementia to attend a Singing for the Brain® session, which uses singing to enhance communication, confidence and wellbeing.
  • £15 could fund one of our National Dementia Helpline Advisers for an hour, as they offer practical advice and emotional support to people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.

How does Payroll Giving work?
Payroll giving – also known as give as you earn – is a simple and tax-free way to support Alzheimer’ Society.
It allows you to donate straight from your salary before tax is deducted. If you are giving £10 a month, this will mean only £8 is deducted from your take home pay.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount I have to give?
No, there is no upper or lower limit, however, we recommend that you give to charity at least £5 gross per month which will cost you £4.00 if you are a standard rate tax payer or £3 if you are a higher rate tax payer. 

How is Payroll Giving different to a Direct Debit (Gift Aid)?
Payroll Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre tax) pay so there is no need for the charity you choose to physically claim the tax back through Gift Aid from HM Revenue & Customs, this saves them money in administration.

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, Payroll Giving is the ONLY way that a charity can automatically receive all your tax on your charitable donation. 

How do I know that my donation will reach the charity I have chosen?
The deduction will be shown on your payslip. 

Your employer has signed a contract with a Payroll Giving Agency, who handle all monies donated through the scheme and are regulated by HM Revenue & Customs.

A copy of the form you fill in is sent to your company’s Payroll Giving Agency so that when your employer sends them your first donation they know who the donation is coming from and which charity to send it on to. 

If I decide to take part in Payroll Giving and fill out a form today, how long will it be before the first deduction is taken from my pay?
This depends on when you fill in the form but as a rule it will start on the next available payroll run so if you fill in the form on the 24th of a month it will not start until the following month.

Can I stop giving when I want?
Yes you simply notify your payroll department.

What happens to my Payroll Giving deduction if I leave my job?
If you leave employment Payroll Giving will automatically stop, it is up to you to contact your payroll department at your next employer to start giving through the scheme again.

Is there an administration fee?
Yes. Although the Payroll Giving Agencies are themselves charities they do need to make a small charge to cover their operating costs. Some employers will pay this fee themselves so the charities receive the full amount of the donation.

Where the administration fee is not paid by the employer, the Payroll Giving Agency will deduct it from your donation before passing it on to the charity. The administration charge will vary depending on which Payroll Giving Agency your employer uses. It will be either 25p per month or 3% or 4%.

I pay tax at the higher rate of 40%, how does this affect tax relief on payroll donations?
You will receive tax relief at the highest rate of tax you pay; therefore each pound you give will only cost you 60p.

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