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Philip Herlihy

I've been asked to travel to West Africa to help with a hospital database
implementation by a health charity based in the US. They've offered to pay
my fare, but I'm minded to pay it myself. I gather the charity has no UK
presence. Would this count as a donation to charity for tax purposes? It
would be nice to get the relief.

Phil, London
 
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Mike Lewis

Philip Herlihy said:
I've been asked to travel to West Africa to help with a hospital database
implementation by a health charity based in the US. They've offered to
pay my fare, but I'm minded to pay it myself. I gather the charity has no
UK presence. Would this count as a donation to charity for tax purposes?
It would be nice to get the relief.
Not unless it's s UK charity. And even then probably no because you aren't
actually giving any money to the charity.
 
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Ronald Raygun

Mike said:
Not unless it's s UK charity. And even then probably no because you aren't
actually giving any money to the charity.
Taking the latter problem first, this obstacle is easily overcome. After
all, the OP would otherwise be using his own money to pay his fare. He
could instead simply donate that money to the charity, who would then, as
they have already offered, pay his fare for him, and this would cost them
nothing, which is what the OP wants.

This leaves only the former problem, of the charity in question not being
a UK one. But surely there is bound to exist *some* UK charity with an
interest in health aid to West Africa. Could the OP not approach that
charity with a view to persuading them to buy his ticket? Since the
OP would be donating the money required, not only would this cost the
UK charity nothing, it would also have the intended effect of his fare
costing the US charity nothing.
 
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Philip Herlihy

Ronald Raygun said:
Taking the latter problem first, this obstacle is easily overcome. After
all, the OP would otherwise be using his own money to pay his fare. He
could instead simply donate that money to the charity, who would then, as
they have already offered, pay his fare for him, and this would cost them
nothing, which is what the OP wants.

This leaves only the former problem, of the charity in question not being
a UK one. But surely there is bound to exist *some* UK charity with an
interest in health aid to West Africa. Could the OP not approach that
charity with a view to persuading them to buy his ticket? Since the
OP would be donating the money required, not only would this cost the
UK charity nothing, it would also have the intended effect of his fare
costing the US charity nothing.
Thank you - I'll look into this interesting idea.

Phil
 
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Robin

Thank you - I'll look into this interesting idea.
RR's suggestion seems to me a good one. (I once helped in a similar
set of circumstances where the solution was to set up a charity in the
UK with purposes such that it could then donate the money to the
overseas charity. Mind you, that was for a charity match with some
£millions at stake!)

But my reason for adding to the thread was to note for posterity that
gift aid is no longer restricted to UK charities. FA 2010 included
legislation to redefine charities for that purpose to extend it to
charities in other EU member States and other States provided for in
regulations. I think only EEA states have been added so far, not the
USA. But it ain't as simple as it used to be.
 
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Philip Herlihy

Robin said:
RR's suggestion seems to me a good one. (I once helped in a similar set
of circumstances where the solution was to set up a charity in the UK with
purposes such that it could then donate the money to the overseas charity.
Mind you, that was for a charity match with some £millions at stake!)

But my reason for adding to the thread was to note for posterity that gift
aid is no longer restricted to UK charities. FA 2010 included legislation
to redefine charities for that purpose to extend it to charities in other
EU member States and other States provided for in regulations. I think
only EEA states have been added so far, not the USA. But it ain't as
simple as it used to be.
EEA stats and Ghana would have been useful!

:)

Phil
 
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