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Charity Donations

Charity Donations

Charity donations are given by Energy4 every year to selective charities.

Energy4 believes in giving to charity and engaging with government on a local, and centrally to make society better for all.

Charity donations have been given to Teesside Hospice was established in 1982 to enhance the lives of local people suffering from life limiting illnesses. The Hospice care for over 3,000 individuals each year living in the Teesside region. Our annual running costs are in excess of £2.4 million and we receive in the region of one third of these costs from the local NHS. therefore we must raise £4,900 every day to continue to provide specialist services to local people with life limiting illnesses.

For further information, please do not hesitate to call me on 01642 811145 or email leanneirvine@teessidehospice.co.uk

Teesside Hospice Care Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (512875). Registered office: 1 Northgate Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 5NW Tel: 01642 811060

Teesside Hospice Trading Trading Limited. 410 Linthorpe Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 6HF Tel: 01642 811141

Teesside Hospice Link

teesside hospice

Charity donations have been given to Prostate Cancer UK (formerly known as The Prostate Cancer Charity) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887. Registered office: Fourth floor, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN VAT Registration Number: 905941518

Prostate Cancer UK Link

prostate cancer uk

Giving to charity – the basics

When you give to charity through your limited company, you will pay less corporation tax by deducting the value of your donations from your business profits. The most you can deduct is the amount that reduces your company’s profits to zero.

You can claim tax relief in this way on various types of donation:

Equipment & trading stock
Land, shares or property
Employees on secondment
In practice, you can donate more than your company profits, but if you do this you cannot declare trading losses on your tax return or carry over any remaining amount to your next tax return.

Monetary donations

Money given to charity by your limited company is generally tax-deductible. However, there are some exceptions. You are not entitled to tax relief on payments that the charity will be repaying as a loan or donations that that are made on the condition that the charity will buy something from your company. You will also not receive tax relief on any funds given to charity as a distribution of company profit (dividend).

A charity may give you something as a thank you for your donation, tickets to an event or fundraiser for example. However there are limits imposed on the value of such rewards:

Up to £100    25% of the donation
£101 – £1000    £25
£1001 +    5% of the donation (capped at £2,500)

Equipment and trading stock

You can claim full capital allowances on equipment that you donate to charity.

What you donate must have been used by your limited company. For example, you might upgrade a company laptop and give your old one to a local charity for their use.

Other equipment which would qualify is office furniture, company vehicles and tools or machinery.

Trading stock is the term for products that your company makes or sells. If you give any away to a charity, you get tax relief on its value by not including it as sales income.

If your company is VAT-registered, you will have to account for VAT on any equipment or trading stock that you donate. However if your intention is for the charity to sell, hire out or export the items, zero rate VAT can be applied.

Land, shares or property

You can claim corporation tax relief on any land, property or shares in another company (not your own company) which you give to charity. This works by deducting the market value of the donation from your profits before tax is calculated.

When gifting land or property to a charity there is a bit of a paper trail. You will need to obtain a letter from the charity describing the land or property, the disposal date and a statement confirming that they now own it. You will need to keep this documentation for a minimum of 6 years.

If you offer to sell the donation on the charity’s request you can still claim tax relief but you must keep records to prove the charity has asked you do this.

Employees on secondment

If your limited company employs staff, you can offer out their services to charity and deduct the costs as a normal business expense. You’ll still need to pay them and deduct PAYE tax as normal.


Sponsoring a charity is slightly different from donating because your company gets something out of it in return. For example, the charity might publically endorse your company’s products or services or include your company logo on their branded material and website. This qualifies as sponsorship and you can treat the cost as a business expense.

Not running a limited company?

There are different rules for charitable donations if you are operating as a sole trader or partnership. For details, or if you have any questions about giving to charity through your business, you should seek advice from your accountant or HMRC.


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