Non-Profit News Service No. 0397 - Proposed DGR category for providers of ethics classes in government schools

On 8 April 2013, the Assistant Treasurer announced that providers of ethics classes in government schools will be eligible for deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

Extracts from his media release no.043 are included below:

Currently, the tax laws contain DGR general categories for organisations which provide religious instruction in government schools, but there is no category for providers of ethics classes.

If providers of ethics classes want DGR status, an organisation must make a request to be specifically named in the tax laws, which requires an amendment to be passed by the Parliament in the case of each organisation.

The Government will amend the tax laws to expand the DGR categories to include organisations approved by state or territory governments to provide ethics classes in public schools as an alternative to special religious education classes.

The amendment will be progressed in the upcoming winter sitting of Parliament.

Further Information

For more information about the DGR categories and how an organisation can be accepted as a DGR, refer to GiftPack.

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