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How does Gift Aid work?

For every £1 you donate whether through Membership or donations, HM Revenue and Customs gives the National Portrait Gallery 25p. This means that for each Membership of £55.00, we receive an additional £13.75.

If you would like to Gift Aid a Membership or donation, you agree to the following:

I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/ or Capital gains Tax then the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. I understand the National Portrait Gallery will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

Please notify us if you change your name, address or tax status.

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code. You can cancel this declaration in writing within 30 days.

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Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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