QUT report into tax deductible donations 2008-09

Published on 01 July 2011

Each year, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (CPNS) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) collects and analyses statistics on the amount and extent of tax-deductible donations made and claimed by Australians in their individual income tax returns to deductible gift recipients (DGRs).

The information presented is based on the amount and type of tax-deductible donations made and claimed by Australian individual taxpayers to DGRs for the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. This information has been extracted mainly from the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) publication Taxation Statistics 2008-09. The 2008-09 report is the latest report that has been made publicly available. It represents information in tax returns for the 2008-09 year processed by the ATO as at 31 October 2010.

The total claimed as tax-deductible donations dropped by 11% from the previous year – $2.09 billion, down from $2.35 billion. The average tax-deductible amount claimed was $450, compared to $525 the year before and $440 in 2006-07. High income earners gave a lot less – people with a taxable income over $1 million claimed an average of $48,700, which is less than half the figure for the previous year ($102,550).