Lucy Brennan advises individuals, partnerships, trusts and companies on their personal and business financial and taxation affairs as a partner at chartered accountants Saffery Champness.

According to the Charities Aid Foundation’s latest report, around £9.7bn was given to good causes in the UK in 2016, and more than half of those people who donated money gifts reported using Gift Aid.

Gift Aid, then, is a crucial facilitator for charities, but it is also an important income tax relief for individuals giving to charity.

However, there are other tax reliefs available to donors which should not be overlooked.