Setting up payroll giving at work

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Whether you’re a small business or a big enterprise, payroll giving is a great way to boost employee engagement and improve your public image.

This guide is intended for employers and human resources professionals interested in rolling out a payroll giving scheme for employees.

What is a payroll giving scheme?

Payroll giving is a way for your employees to donate regularly to charity through their salary. Their donation is made straight from their salary, so they won’t pay tax on it.

It’s an easy, no-hassle and tax efficient way of helping your employees support causes they care about.

What are the advantages of payroll giving?

The benefits of payroll giving include:

  • Improve employee engagement
  • Bring your brand values to life
  • Improve staff retention
  • Boost your CSR profile
  • Raise your public image
  • Support causes your employees/customers care about
  • Recognition through Quality Mark Awards.

Some of the benefits of payroll giving for your employees include:

  • Feel great about supporting worthy causes
  • Reduce your income tax
  • Make your money go further.

How to set up payroll giving

It’s easy for employers to set up payroll giving.

The first step is to contact a payroll giving agency. The agency will tell you how to make deductions and help you roll out the scheme to your staff. They’ll also pass any donations straight to the charity.

We’ve partnered with GoodPAYE to accept donations through payroll giving. Their free platform makes it easy for your staff to donate to charity – and it’s just as easy for you to set up. Book a demo on their website.

Is payroll giving GDPR compliant?

Our payroll giving partner, GoodPAYE, use the highest levels of security and encryption to keep your data safe and fully GDPR compliant.

Is payroll giving good for small businesses?

Payroll giving is a free employee benefit, and you can deduct any costs of running the scheme from your business profits before tax.

It can be an attractive option for small businesses who want to recruit talented staff, but don’t have a large budget for employee benefits.

What is the difference between payroll giving and Gift Aid?

Payroll giving is different to Gift Aid because the donation is made straight from your salary. This means no tax was paid on it, so the charity doesn’t have to claim the tax back from HMRC. There are administration costs involved with claiming the tax back, so Gift Aid has some cost to the charity.

Support Deafblind UK with payroll giving

Payroll giving is a free, straightforward way to show your employees and customers that you’re taking action to create a brighter world for people who are deafblind.

If your company values include any of the following, we’d love to hear from you:

  • Promoting accessibility and inclusivity
  • Creating educational opportunities
  • Mental health support.

Find out more on our payroll giving hub.

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