Giving to Kent

Give As You Earn (GAYE)

If your salary or pension is paid via PAYE, making a commitment to giving doesn't get any simpler than Give As You Earn (GAYE) - the UK's largest payroll giving scheme.

Further information

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How it works

With GAYE you can give directly from your pre-tax salary, so money that would normally go to the taxman goes to charity instead.

You just decide how much you want to give each month – it could be a couple of pounds, or a couple of hundred – and who you want to give it to. Then your donation comes out of your pay packet before the taxman touches it.

What to do

  • Find out whether your employer offers GAYE.
  • Decide how much you would like to give.
  • Complete a GAYE form on behalf of the University of Kent.
  • You can also visit the Charities Aid Foundation and register your donation through them. The University is registered as the University of Kent.

The benefits

Your chosen charity benefits because they know they've got money coming regularly and can plan what to do with it in the long term.

You benefit because you don’t pay any tax on the donations you make.

For example, if you're a basic rate taxpayer and pledge a monthly gift of £10 to a charity, the cost to you is actually only £7.80 per month - as you pass on the tax relief to the charity. If you are a higher rate payer, the same pledge would cost you even less - just £6 per month.

The benefits of giving as you earn

Employee's pledge to charity Cost to employee - Basic tax rate (22%) Cost to employee - Higher tax rate (40%)
£5.00 £3.90 £3.00
£10.00 £7.80 £6.00

In addition, the government currently gives charities an extra 10% on all payroll giving donations. This is all automatically done, once you complete your GAYE form, so you need do nothing further to enjoy this tax relief.



Development Office

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 20/01/2017