If you are a UK tax payer and make a donation that is 10% more than our standard admission price, the Government will give our charity an extra 25 pence for every £1 you pay.
As you can imagine, that extra really adds up over a week, a month, or a year and makes a massive difference: contributing towards the upkeep and development of this unique historical site.
When you book on-line you have the choice to pay Admission Price including the Gift Aid donation.
Any information provided with the Gift Aid donation remains confidential and will never be passed to any organisation other than the Inland Revenue.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer you will be able to use the admission receipt for your tax return.
In person at our reception you can complete a simple Gift Aid Declaration Form if you would like to make a donation.
The Centre can also process Membership Scheme payments through Gift Aid.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to a charity. For every £1 you give to support the charity, they receive an extra 25 pence from the tax you have already paid.
Who can donate in this way?
You have to be a UK tax payer and must be resident in the UK.
For every £1 you donate in a financial year, you must have paid 28 pence in income or capital gains tax in the same financial year.
What if I am a higher rate taxpayer?
If you declare the donation on your tax return, you can claim a rebate based on the difference between the higher rate and the basic rate when you fill in your self assessment form.
Example: You donate £100 to charity - they claim Gift Aid to make your donation £125. You pay 40% tax so you can personally claim back £25.00 (£125 x 20%).
If I give you my address details will I receive junk mail?
No, we will not pass your details to anyone.
Why do I have to make donation of 10% in addition to the Admission Price?
The law changed in April 2006 and from then visitors could no longer just pay a regular Admission Price and expect to call it a donation - it was required that you make a true donation to the charity, which was set at 10%. HM Revenue & Customs then permits the charity to claim back the tax on the whole amount - admission plus 10% donation.
Can I donate more than 10%?
Of course! All charities will be happy to Gift Aid any amount that you donate.
What do I have to do? When you book on-line, just agree to pay the Admission Price including Gift Aid and complete the details as requested. This confirms you want the charity to reclaim the tax you have already paid on the donation.
Gift Aid Declaration Forms are available at our reception desk if you wish to make a donation in person; or you can download one and bring it with you.
Who will have access to this information?
Only Science Projects Ltd and the Inland Revenue. The information will never be passed to anyone else.