Not all donations are tax deductible: ATO warns

July 23, 2021

The ATO on 14 July 2021 issued a release reminding taxpayers to make sure they have a record of the donations they are claiming this tax time.

According to the ATO, nearly two thirds of the charitable claims were adjusted last year because the taxpayer could not prove they had made the donation.

Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh reminds not all gifts and donations are tax deductible and that there are 4 reasons a donation or gift may not be tax deductible:

  • the organisation receiving the donation or gift is not endorsed by the ATO as a deductible gift recipient (DGR)
  • the donation made includes an expectation to receive a monetary or personal benefit or advantage in return
  • no record or receipts are kept and
  • testamentary gifts and workplace giving.