R68(i) Gift Aid form withdrawn
The Charities Online system that replaces the R68(i) Gift Aid and tax repayments claims form has been available since April 2013. Charities that submit claims online are usually paid within three working days compared to 26 days using the old paper form. HMRC have now stopped accepting Gift Aid repayment claims on R68i forms and going forward charities should use the online service to make claims.
A recent seminar of the Charity Tax Group seminar heard that to date only about one quarter of the 120,000 charities registered for Gift Aid have signed up to the new service. HMRC had hoped that more charities would have signed up by now but noted that many charities make just one claim per year and many of those made their annual claim before the transitional period ended.
Charities that still need to register should do so as soon as possible as it can take up to 15 working days for an application to use the Charities Online system to be processed. A paper form (ChR1) is available for charities without access to the internet to submit a claim. The form replaces the R68(i) form.