Tax Deductible Donations Explained



4 May, 2021

When you donate to continue Dr Catherine Hamlin‘s work this tax-time, your donation not only supports Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia‘s efforts to eradicate obstetric fistula, your donation can also reduce your taxable income and get you a tax refund. Below is an explainer for how tax-deductible donations work in Australia.

Your tax-deductible donation will support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s work to find and care for the thousands of women needlessly suffering from fistula, a preventable childbirth injury. Today, it is estimated that 31,000 women in Ethiopia are living with a fistula injury. Many of these women are physically and socially isolated, left to suffer hidden and alone. Hamlin’s Patient Identification Officers goes door to door in rural and remote villages in Ethiopia, to find women with fistula and to bring them to the nearest Hamlin fistula hospital where fistula patients undergo fistula repair surgery. Hamlin patients are treated free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

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Frequently asked questions

Below are some basic questions answered; for more information visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website or contact a qualified accountant for advice tailored to your circumstances.

What is a tax-deductible donation?

Tax-deductions are used to reduce your taxable income and, accordingly, the amount of tax you pay. This could be through a donation resulting in a reduction in the amount you owe the ATO or a donation which results in a refund on tax already paid throughout the year. You can only claim a tax deduction for gifts or donations to charity organisations, like the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, which have a deductible gifts recipient (DGR) status.

Who can donate?

Both individuals and businesses can make a donation and claim it as a tax-deduction. Donations made prior to 11:59pm 30th June can be used to make a tax-deduction for the 2020-2021 financial year (FY21).

The 2019 Australian Communities Trend Report identified that five out of six people give to charities in Australia. A report by the Analysis and Policy Observatory found that the average yearly claim on tax-deductible donations in Australia is approximately $630.

How can I donate?

A donation is tax-deductible if it is made to a Deductible Gift Recipient organisation, such as Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation. You can donate online, over the phone or by mail.

Donate before June 30th and claim your donation as a tax-deduction for 2020-2021 financial year .

       

What can I claim as a tax-deductible donation?

Gifts of money greater than $2 are tax-deductible. There is no limit to how much you are allowed to donate to charity. Both donations and Gifts From the Heart are tax-deductible gifts.

Gifts or donations that provide you with a personal benefit cannot be claimed as a tax-deduction. This includes all products that you buy from the Hamlin Shop – with the exception of the tax-deductible Gifts From the Heart card range.

How do I claim a tax-deduction for charity contributions?

Keep the tax receipts of your donations throughout the financial year – you can always contact the Hamlin Team if you need another copy of your tax receipt. You can claim your tax-deduction on your individual or business tax return via the ATO.

How do I receive a tax receipt?

After making a donation to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, an electronic tax receipt is emailed to you within 48 hours. Regular monthly donors will receive an annual tax receipt for their donations during FY21 in mid-July, 2021.

For any concerns about tax receipts for charity donations or other queries you can contact the Hamlin Team by emailing [email protected] or calling 02 9440 7001 (9:00am-5:00pm AEST Monday-Friday).

       

Tax-time giving is more than just a means to reduce your taxable, it is an opportunity to transform the life of a woman in Ethiopia. Your tax-deductible donation this end of financial year can help the Hamlin team empower even more Ethiopian women.

You can make a donation and reduce your taxable income by supporting Hamlin’s Patient Identification Program. Your donation this tax-time can help us find and fully treat women who have for far too long suffered the trauma of a fistula injury. Click here to donate.