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When is a donation not a donation

When is a donation not a donation

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I have a dog that has a terminal illness, the rescue charity that I rehomed him from offered to pay for his ongoing treatment, so far I have have paid the vets bills (and people think accountancy bills are dear) , is this a donation, I paid the vet directly, maybe I should have let the charity pay the vet bills and then paid a similar amount to the charity. 

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By Tax Dragon
26th Oct 2020 11:00

It doesn't sound gift-aidable (if that's a word).

The basic guidance (https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid) on gift aid is hopeless. But to be fair, that is just something that tells you the tax relief exists (I assume your question is about tax relief, therefore gift aid, as without gift aid there's no tax relief here).

This https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charities-detailed-guidance-n... is a bit more like it. I think you fall foul of the 'repayment' test. It's your dog, your liability and if the charity pays it, that's a return of your donation.

Sorry to hear about your dog, by the way. I know it's not an easy time.

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By CW2012
26th Oct 2020 11:18

Thanks Tax dragon, it was worth a thought, yes tax relief was what I had in mind, I was working on the principle that the charity had agreed to support his vets bills in order to get him rehomed but I have chosen to pay them myself as with the current virus situation charities are struggling, so I thought that I may be making a donation in a round about way. Ah well thanks

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By Paul Crowley
26th Oct 2020 11:16

I do not think payment to a vet could ever be described as a donation

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By CW2012
26th Oct 2020 11:20

You didn't see the new cars parked conveniently around the corner, nicely furnished with private plates.

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By whitevanman
26th Oct 2020 12:40

Sorry for raising "that thread" but there are those who would think it could be a dividend.

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