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Charity Tax Back Scheme

Boost your donation by 45 cents for every euro you donate.

Make your support go further with tax effective giving

Your kind support is helping to save lives at sea, thank you! But did you know that your donations could save even more lives and it won’t cost you a cent more? By filling in a simple form allowing us to claim tax back under the Charity Tax Back Scheme, you could increase the value of your donations by 45%.

How does the scheme work?

The Government-approved scheme allows charities like the RNLI to claim 44.9% in tax back on donations totalling €250 or more, at no cost to you. All you have to do is complete a CHY3 form (PDF 612KB) and return it to us so we can claim the tax back from the Revenue Commissioners.

The form is valid for 5 years (unless you choose to cancel it). This helps reduce our admin costs, allowing more of your donation to go where it’s needed – to saving lives at sea.

It doesn’t matter if you’re PAYE or self-assessed. Since 2013, self-assessed taxpayers can no longer claim tax back on charitable donations – only the charity can make this claim from Revenue.

Do I qualify?

Your donation qualifies if:

  • you have donated a total of €250 or more to the RNLI this year, or in any of the previous 4 years. This can be via a one-off donation or by instalments
  • it was a personal donation, from which you received no tangible benefit – if you raised sponsorship from other people, for example, that wouldn’t qualify
  • you donated while resident in Ireland – but not if you were living abroad.

If you’re unsure, please call our friendly Supporter Experience Team on 01 511 9836, weekdays, 8am–6pm, who will be more than happy to help.

What do I need to do?

Please print out the CHY form (PDF 612KB), and complete and return it to: Engagement Team, RNLI, Airside Business Park, Freepost FDN 7475, Swords, Co Dublin.

Note: You can use the Freepost address if you are posting within, but not outside, the Republic of Ireland. However, by adding a stamp to the envelope you will be saving the charity money.

Need help?

If you’ve got any questions about tax effective giving, our Supporter Experience Team is here to help. Just call 01 511 9836, weekdays, 8am–6pm. You can also find further information on the Revenue website.