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Claim a tax deduction for donations

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We all feel good about giving to charity but what makes it even better is that, in many cases, the tax office will allow you to claim a tax deduction for your donations. Basically, provided you're giving to an organisation registered as a deductible gift recipient you should be able to claim a deduction.

Most major charities are registered but if in doubt you can check at ABN lookup website.

If you're giving cash, you can claim a deduction for gifts of $2 or more. For gifts of property, there are different rules, depending on the type of property and its value.

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You can claim the deduction in the tax return for the income year in which the gift is made. You'll need a receipt to substantiate the deduction. If you used the internet or phone to make a donation over $2, your web receipt or credit card statement can be used. If you donated through a third party, such as a bank or retail outlet, the receipt is sufficient. If you contributed through workplace giving, your payment summary shows the amount you donated.

You can't claim a deduction for anything that provides you with a personal benefit, such as raffle tickets (though you can claim a deduction if you've spent more than $150 for a ticket to a fundraising event such as a fete, gala or dinner).

Mark Chapman is director of tax communications for H&R Block.

Mark Chapman is director of tax communications at H&R Block, Australia's largest firm of tax accountants, and is a regular contributor to Money. Mark is the author of Life and Taxes: A Look at Life Through Tax.
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