After a disaster, those who make donations to a relief appeal can claim it if the receiving organisation is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR), which is entitled to receive tax-deductible donations. If you donate to a DGR, the gift of cash to the value of $2 or more may be claimed. A tax deduction to your total donations of up to $10 usually won’t need a receipt.
You may claim a deduction for a property gift you give to a DGR under certain conditions.
You should know the variation rules on property gifts. If you bought the property within the 12 months prior to making the gift, your claim may be the lower of: the price you paid for the goods or property or their market value at the time of the donation. Other types of property donations may be tax deductible as well.
Take note that you will not be entitled to claim a contribution as a tax deductible donation where you received material benefit in return. However, donations given to DGRs in relation to eligible fundraising events can be tax deductible, provided they meet certain conditions.
For organisations that wish to receive money for disaster relief, you may arrange an established DGR to collect money on your behalf. DGRs have the required infrastructure, where they can collect gifts and issue receipts. Those that want to establish its own tax deductible appeal fund must be endorsed by the ATO as a DGR. You may check whether an appeal is a DGR or not at www.abr.business.gov.au.
For more information about taxes in Australia, contact a Specialist to discuss your particular circumstances.
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