myTax 2021 Gifts or donations
Complete this section if you made gifts or donations to registered deductible gift recipients (DGRs).
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Things to know
This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.
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Organisations that are entitled to receive tax deductible gifts are called 'deductible gift recipients' (DGRs). You can only claim a tax deduction for gifts or donations to organisations that have DGR status.
You can check the DGR status of an organisation at ABN Look-up: Deductible gift recipientsExternal Link.
You can claim
The amount you can claim as a deduction for a gift or donation to a DGR depends on the type of gift. For gifts:
- of money – you can claim the amount of the gift, but it must be $2 or more. This also includes
- work-place giving – where the total of the donations you make during the year through your employer's payroll system are $2 or more
- a net contribution of more than $150 for a fund-raising event (see Further conditions for a tax-deductible contribution)
- bucket collections conducted by a DGR for natural disaster victims, you can claim a tax deduction of up to $10 for the total of those contributions without a receipt
- of property or shares – there are different rules depending on type and value
- under the Heritage and Cultural programs – there are special circumstances where donations can also be deductible
- to political parties and independents – in some circumstances claiming political contributions and gifts as a deduction is allowable
- to private ancillary funds.
If you obtained a valuation for a deductible donation of property, you may be able to claim a deduction for the cost of that valuation. Don't show it at this section, go to Cost of managing tax affairs.
You can't claim
You can't claim a deduction for a donation if you received a personal benefit or something in return, other than token items with no material value such as lapel badges and stickers that promote the organisation.
Examples where you can't claim because you received a personal benefit include raffle tickets, chocolates, mugs or entry to a fund-raising event.
You can't claim a tax deduction for donations made to social media or crowdfunding platforms unless they are a registered DGR.
For a list of items that you can't claim a deduction for, see What you can't claim.
You should keep records of all tax-deductible gifts and contributions you make.
When you donate, the DGR will usually issue you with a receipt, but they don't have to. Your receipt will usually indicate whether you can claim a deduction for the gift.
If you're not issued with a receipt, you can still claim a deduction by using other records. If you:
- used the web or phone to donate more than $2, your web receipt or credit card statement is acceptable.
- donated through a third party, such as banks and retail outlets, the receipt they gave you is also acceptable.
- contributed through 'workplace-giving', your income statement or payment summary will show the amount you donated.
Completing this section
- pre-fill your tax return with gifts and donations information you uploaded from myDeductions
- show your workplace-giving amounts from the Income statements and payment summaries section.
Check them and add any gifts or donations that have not shown or been pre-filled. Your receipt should show whether your donation is tax-deductible.
To personalise your return to show gifts or donations, at Personalise return, select:
- You had deductions you want to claim
- Gifts, donations, interest, dividends, and the cost of managing your tax affairs
To show your gifts or donations, at Prepare return select 'Add/Edit' at the Deductions banner.
At the Gifts or donations banner:
- For each gift or donation expense not shown or pre-filled in your tax return, select Add and:
- enter Your description
To assist in record keeping, add a short description of your expense
- enter the Amount
If you made donations in a joint name, only include your share.
- Select Save.
- Select Save and continue when you have completed the Deductions section.
These myTax 2021 instructions are about gifts or donations you made.