Payroll Giving for employees

A Payroll Giving donation to Together for Animals helps animal lovers, like you, maximise the impact they are having on improving animals’ lives. Each donation is shared between our members and helps cats, dogs, donkeys, and horses both in the UK and abroad in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Payroll Giving is a scheme run by your employer that allows you to donate to a charity tax-free through your salary. It’s also known as Give As You Earn (GAYE).

Supporting Together for Animals is a fantastic way to make your Payroll Giving donation support four charities and improve the lives hundreds of animals every month. Your donation is taken straight from your pay before tax is deducted – so it actually costs you less to donate! And if you are a higher rate taxpayer, this is the only way to automatically pass all the tax on your donation to charity.

How your donation will help animals in need

• £5 a month helps to feed abandoned animals while they wait to find their forever home - and will cost you a maximum of £4
• £10 a month helps provide vital medical supplies or treatment for a sick animal - and will cost you a maximum of £8
• £30 a month helps to vaccinate animals against life threatening illness - and will cost you a maximum of £24

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Want to know more about Payroll Giving? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions:

How does Payroll Giving work?
It’s very easy.  You complete our online form and we will make sure that your company operates a scheme that allows you to give to us straight from your pay. If they do we will pass your details to our partners, Hands on Payroll Giving, who will notify your payroll department that you would like to set up a regular donation to us in this way.

If you can’t give to us through your pay as your company does not operate the scheme (some sadly don’t), then we will contact you to let you know. If you would still like to donate to us we can help you arrange a regular donation or a Direct Debit.

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?
Usually it will start on the next payroll day, but if you are signing up towards the end of the month deductions are likely to start the next but one payroll day.

How do I know that you have received my donation?
Your donation is very important to us and, depending on your communication preferences, we will write to thank you.  We may also send you updates on our work if you have indicated that you are happy to receive these. You will know the deduction has started as it will appear on your payslip.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount I have to give?
No, there’s no upper or lower limit, however, we recommend that you give at least £5 gross per month.

How is Payroll Giving different to a Direct Debit (Gift Aid)?
Payroll Giving donations are taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for us to claim any tax back through Gift Aid, which saves us additional admin costs. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, Payroll Giving is the only way we can automatically receive all your tax on a donation.

Can I stop giving when I want?
Yes, by notifying your payroll department directly.

What happens to my Payroll Giving deduction if I leave my job?
Payroll Giving automatically stops when you leave your job, but we hope that you will continue to give to us at your next job, you will need to set this up again as your donation is not transferable. If your new employer does not offer a payroll giving scheme and you would still like to donate to us we can help you arrange a regular donation or a Direct Debit.

Can I still give through my pension?
Yes, if you receive an occupational pension and your pension provider deducts tax through the PAYE system, you are still eligible for the scheme.  Simply ask your occupational pension provider to make a donation from your pension before tax has been deducted.

What should I do if my employer doesn’t currently have a scheme?
If you aren’t sure that they do, fill in the form anyway and we will let you know if they don’t and perhaps we can suggest to them that they introduce one.

Who can I contact if I need any further information?
We hope to have answered all your questions, but if there is anything else please contact Caroline on 07545 073 855 or send an email to caroline@togetherforanimals.org.uk

Become a payroll giver and make a difference to animals in need.