Give shares

There's a lot to be said for giving shares to The Prince's Trust.

It's tax effective. It makes great use of windfall shares from a privatisation or demutualisation, or small amounts of shares. And it is just as useful as cash in helping us to help young people get their lives working.

What are the tax benefits?

Firstly, you can claim income tax relief on the value of most shares, equal to the market value of the shares on the day you make the gift, together with any associated costs such as broker's fees.

So if you donate 1,000 worth of shares, you'll pay 400 less in income tax that year if you're a high rate taxpayer, and 220 less if you pay the basic rate.

Also, you will not have to pay capital gains tax (CGT) on any increase in the value of shares since you bought them. Which, in theory, could mean an extra 'saving' of up to 40% for a higher rate taxpayer.

You'll find more information on tax relief on shares and securities on the Inland Revenue website

How do you donate your shares?

It's very simple to donate shares to The Prince's Trust.

First just obtain a stock transfer form from the Registar of the company in which you have shares. The Registar's name should be written at the bottom of your share certificate.

Then complete, sign and date the form and send it, together with the share certificate, to

Get Involved,
The Prince's Trust,
Prince's Trust House,
9 Eldon Street,
London
EC2M 7LS

Any questions? Feel free to email the Get Involved Team

Note: please be sure to keep a copy of the stock transfer form as evidence of your gift.

Shares too small? Donate via Sharegift

If you're holding shares in quantities so small it would cost more to sell them than they're worth, ShareGift, the charity share donation scheme, can help.

You can donate unwanted shares to Sharegift free of charge and the shares are then sold with the proceeds donated to a wide range of UK charities. Share donors are able to suggest Charities which can benefit from these gifts and The Prince’s Trust has been fortunate to benefit for many years.

 If you would like to donate shares in this way please visit the Sharegift website (http://www.sharegift.org/) and don’t forget to suggest The Prince’s Trust as a benefiting charity.

In Scotland

Stocktrade are offering you a way to support The Trust's work in Scotland. If you choose to place future trades, buy and sell shares through them.

For more information contact Stocktrade on 0131 240 0433 or email leven.brown@stocktrade.co.uk

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