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Corporation Tax Act 2010

Section 472: Gifts qualifying for gift aid relief: corporation tax liability and exemption

1442.This section sets out the charge to tax and exemption that can arise on gift aid payments received by a charitable company. It is based on section 505(1) of ICTA, section 25(10) and (12) of FA 1990 and section 83(4) of FA 2004. The corresponding rule for income tax is in section 521 of ITA save that this section incorporates the requirement to make a claim.

1443.The section imposes a freestanding charge to corporation tax on gift aid payments, unlike the source legislation which operates by treating the gifts as annual payments. The charge is on the grossed up amount. The section also sets out the exemption which normally applies if the charitable company uses the gifts for charitable purposes.

1444.Subsection (4) provides that a claim is necessary for an exemption.

1445.Claims are made either as required during the accounting period, for example to secure repayments of income tax treated as paid in relation to gift aid payments, or in a corporation tax self-assessment return. The need to make a claim ensures that there is a mechanism for appeals in the event of any dispute about the availability or amount of any exemption.

1446.The corporation tax self-assessment procedure means that a charitable company only need complete a tax return, and make the associated claims, if the charitable company is chargeable to tax or is required to do so by HMRC.

1447.The reference in section 505(1) of ICTA to claims being to the Board of Inland Revenue has been changed. Claims are simply to an officer of Revenue and Customs. See Change 5 in Annex 1.

1448.Subsection (5) provides that if an individual makes a direction in a self-assessment return for a tax repayment to be paid as a gift to a charitable company, the company is treated as having made a claim.

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