Many employers offer Workplace Giving schemes, sometimes known as payroll giving, whereby you can make charitable donations every month from your salary before any tax is taken off. That means it costs you less to make a donation than it would if you made it from income which has already been taxed. For example, if you’re a basic rate taxpayer and make a £50 donation each month through payroll giving, each donation will only cost you £40. If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, it will only cost you £30 to make the same £50 donation.
To join your company’s Workplace Giving scheme, if they offer one, all you need to do is ask for and fill in a form from your employer, and the charity will be notified automatically. If your employer doesn’t offer a Workplace Giving scheme, it’s worth asking if they’d consider providing one, particularly if your colleagues are also interested in making regular donations to charity.