Will charity pay tax on my gift if I make a bequest?

If I wish to leave a gift in my will to a cause such as a cancer support association or a church, what tax will be deducted when the gift is payable?  N.H.

29 May 2019
By Hugh MacDonald

If the organisation is eligible to receive bequests, then the gift will be tax-free.

Watch out, however, as many associations are not set up to receive bequests (legs).

Generally speaking, unless they have special permission, only associations and foundations recognised as being d’utilité publique (broadly speaking, what would be considered a charity in the UK) are allowed to accept them.

They must be non-profit-making, in the general interest, and with a certain level of support and financial means.

In the case of a church, for example, an individual church might not be set up to accept bequests but a structure on the level of a diocese may be.

It would be best to speak to the bodies you have in mind about whether or not they can accept your gift and how you should word the bequest.

Reader's query answered by Hugh MacDonald

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