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  • COVID-19 declared a disaster

    The COVID-19 pandemic began on 18 March 2020 and has caused widespread health and economic impacts for the Australian community. On 6 May 2020, the Federal Government declared the COVID-19 pandemic a disaster.

    This declaration allows Australian Disaster Relief Funds that are established for the relief of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to receive tax-deductible donations. Donations will be tax-deductible when made within two years from 18 March 2020.

    In order to receive tax-deductible donations, Australian Disaster Relief Funds will need to:

    • apply to the ATO for DGR endorsement as a Disaster Relief Fund for the purpose of COVID-19
    • be registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

    A separate disaster relief fund is required when a new disaster is declared. Funds established for bushfire relief purposes cannot be used for COVID-19 related relief.

    For questions about how to apply for DGR endorsement, please:

    • contact our NFP premium phone service on 1300 130 248 between 8.00am and 6.00pm
    • email ATOendorsements@ato.gov.au outside of these times.

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    Last modified: 07 May 2020QC 62537