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  • Workplace giving programs

    Workplace giving is a simple way to regularly donate to charities or organisations that are entitled to receive tax deductible donations.

    Your employer must ensure the participating charities or other organisations have ongoing deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. To check whether a charity is a DGR visit Link

    If your employer offers workplace giving, you can choose your preferred charities from a selection and the amount to be deducted. Your employer then pays the donation directly to the charities each payday.

    The workplace giving program does not affect the way your gross income, super guarantee payments or fringe benefits are worked out.

    There is no minimum or maximum contribution required to participate, but the total amount must be claimed through your tax return regardless of whether you have been getting payday tax benefits for your donations.

    At the end of the financial year, your employer will include the total amount you donated to charities in your payment summary, letter or email.

    You report donations made under a workplace giving arrangement and donations made directly by you to charities in the same way on your tax return.

    Example - employee workplace giving

    Jane works in the advertising industry and earns $65,000 per annum.

    Through a recent marketing campaign she was working on, she became interested in donating to a local animal shelter. She is now looking at entering into a workplace giving program her employee has set up with this shelter, but is unsure of the tax implications.

    Jane’s fortnightly income is $2,492. She has organised with her employers to make a regular fortnightly donation of $15, and her employer will take this out of her income and reduce the amount of tax taken out each fortnight.

    In her situation, Jane estimates that she will reduce her tax payable by $6 a fortnight or $156 per annum. She also won’t have to worry about hanging on to receipts, and can claim a tax deduction equal to the amount of donations in her payment summary.

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    Last modified: 08 Apr 2019QC 27123