Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
Payroll Giving is a simple, tax-effective way to donate to Minority Rights Group International (for people working in the United Kingdom). The scheme was set up by the UK government’s Revenue and Customs department (HMRC) and administered by the Charities Trust, and it allows employees who are paid through PAYE to make a donation to any UK charity from their gross pay – before tax is deducted. This gives immediate tax relief on donations and means it will cost you less to donate, for example a monthly pledge of £10 would only cost you £8 or £6, if you are a higher rate tax payer!
If you would like to support MRG in this way just contact your payroll officer or HR Department. If your organization has a payroll giving scheme in place, they will easily be able to setup a pre-tax donation from your pay.
If your employer doesn’t have a scheme in place, please try to encourage them to open one. More details can be found on the HMRC website.