This #PayrollGivingWeek we’re answering all your questions about Payroll Giving. Sometimes known as Give as You Earn, Payroll Giving is an easy way of making regular donations and supporting vital research into epilepsy.

Why should I be interested in Payroll Giving?

Payroll Giving is an easy and the most tax-efficient way of making a monthly donation to Epilepsy Research UK. By donating straight from your gross pay, it means there is no tax liability on your donation, and you’ll also be paying less tax too!

How does it work?

Setting up Payroll Giving with your employer couldn’t be easier! Your company may already have an established process to help you with this, so just ask your HR or payroll team how to get started. Once you’re set up, the requested donation is deducted from your gross pay before income tax has been applied and the donation is automatically transferred to your selected charity.

What does it cost me and how much of my donation will go to Epilepsy Research UK?

However much you choose to donate, because it is tax-efficient you will actually be donating less. This is due to the tax relief. For example, if you donate £10 and are a standard rate taxpayer, it will only cost you £8. The remaining £2 is paid from what you would have been taxed.

Am I tied into anything with Payroll Giving?

Not at all, you can amend or cancel your donations at any time. All you need to do is contact your HR or payroll team who can change your regular donation. If you are leaving your employment, it will stop automatically.

What difference will my support through Payroll Giving make?

Your gift through Payroll Giving will help fund research like the 55 current projects we’re funding across the country. Research like Dr Tim Tierney’s ‘bedside brain imaging’ project which could transform diagnosis for the roughly 100,000 young people in the UK living with epilepsy.

The biggest challenge in acquiring good quality brain imaging data is making sure that a child stays as still as possible while having their brain scanned. This problem affects nearly all brain imaging techniques, but none more so than with young people. Having a technology that could still provide good quality data even while a child moves about would be transformative.
Dr Tim Tierney

I’m interested but would like more information – are there any more resources I can read?

Yes! If you’d like more information on Payroll Giving as a way to support vital research into epilepsy, please take a look at the below resources:

If you have any further questions please contact jo.finnerty@eruk.org.uk.

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