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Number of donations tax credit claims

The number of donation tax credit claims sharply increased from 373,200 in 2004 to 406,000 in 2008. The number has been steadily decreasing each year to 344,200 in 2020.

This line graph shows the number of donation tax credit claimants per tax year between 2004 and 2020.

The number of donation tax credit claims sharply increased from 373,200 in 2004 to 406,000 in 2008. The number has steadily decreased overall from 2008 to a total of 344,200 in 2020.

Average donation tax credit claimed per claimant

The average donation tax credit claim per claimant has steadily increased from $261.20 in 2004 to $831.00 in 2020. A significant increase of $200 per claim was observed between 2008 and 2009.

This line graph shows the average donation tax credit claimed per claimant between 2004 and 2020.

The average donation tax credit claim per claimant has steadily increased from $261.20 in 2004 to $831.00 in 2020. However, a significant increase of $200 per claim was observed between 2008 and 2009.

Total number of donation tax credit claims, amount paid and average claim per tax year.
Tax year Number of claims Total amount of tax credits ($ million) Average tax credit per claim
2004 373,200 $97.5 $261.2
2005 381,500 $102.7 $269.2
2006 386,100 $106.2 $275.1
2007 396,800 $111.1 $280.0
2008 406,000 $115.9 $285.4
2009 397,000 $192.8 $485.8
2010 390,400 $200.1 $512.5
2011 388,200 $208.5 $537.1
2012 393,200 $222.0 $564.6
2013 385,000 $225.8 $586.5
2014 387,600 $236.6 $610.4
2015 389,600 $243.6 $625.3
2016 385,500 $253.6 $657.9
2017 382,500 $263.1 $687.8
2018 375,300 $275.9 $735.1
2019 369,900 $283.4 $766.1
2020 344,200 $286.0 $831.0

The upper dollar limit on how much donation tax credits could be claimed by an individual was removed in the 2009 tax year.

  • Data used to derive taxable income bands is taken from a sample of individual taxpayers and scaled to population weights up to 2018. From 2019 onwards population data is used.
  • Data may not sum to totals due to rounding.
  • Taxable income bands are aligned to tax scale thresholds.
  • The personal income tax thresholds were changed in September 2008. The thresholds displayed in the 2009 tax year are a composite.
  • These tables do not include tax credit claims through by giving.
Donation tax credits claimed by tax year and taxable income band of the claimant ($ million) - 2002 to 2008.
Taxable income band 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
$1 to $9,500 $9.9 $10.1 $10.6 $10.5 $10.6 $11.1 $10.9
$9,501 to $38,000 $43.8 $48.9 $49.4 $49.4 $49.5 $49.9 $50.2
$38,001 to $60,000 $16.0 $18.6 $19.5 $22.8 $23.6 $25.1 $26.7
$60,001 plus $13.3 $15.0 $17.7 $20.0 $22.4 $25.1 $28.1
Total $82.9 $92.6 $97.5 $102.7 $106.2 $111.1 $115.9
Donation tax credits claimed by tax year and taxable income band of the claimant ($ million) - 2009.
Taxable income band 2009
$1 to $9,500 $8.8
$9,501 to $14,000 $7.1
$14,001 to $38,000 $60.9
$38,001 to $40,000 $5.9
$40,001 to $60,000 $42.3
$60,001 to $70,000 $15.7
$70,001 plus $52.3
Total $195.9
Donation tax credits claimed by tax year and taxable income band of the claimant ($ million) - 2010 to 2011.
Taxable income band 2010 2011
$1 to $14,000 $15.6 $12.6
$14,001 to $48,000 $87.5 $88.2
$48,001 to $70,000 $37.4 $41.3
$70,001 plus $58.8 $64.9
Total $199.3 $206.9
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2012.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $13.7 $2.1 $7.6 $4.0
$14,001 to $48,000 $84.4 $72.2 $52.5 $24.7
$48,001 to $70,000 $37.9 $4.7 $22.4 $10.8
$70,001 plus $86.1 $9.0 $35.6 $41.6
Total $222.2 $22.9 $118.2 $81.1
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2013.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $13.3 $1.6 $9.1 $2.6
$14,001 to $48,000 $88.2 $5.8 $60.9 $21.5
$48,001 to $70,000 $43.2 $3.9 $27.0 $12.3
$70,001 plus $81.3 $9.5 $41.6 $30.3
Total $226.0 $20.7

$138.6

$66.7
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2014.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $12.1 $1.4 $8.1 $2.6
$14,001 to $48,000 $87.5 $6.6 $59.7 $21.2
$48,001 to $70,000 $47.6 $4.5 $31.4 $11.7
$70,001 plus $89.4 $9.5 $46.4 $33.5
Total $236.6 $22.0 $145.6 $69.0
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2015.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $10.6 $1.3 $7.2 $2.0
$14,001 to $48,000 $88.8 $5.8 $61.8 $21.3
$48,001 to $70,000 $48.8 $4.2 $32.8 $11.8
$70,001 plus $95.3 $11.3 $49.7 $34.4
Total $243.6 $22.7 $151.4 $59.5
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2016.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $11.0 $1.2 $7.6 $2.1
$14,001 to $48,000 $88.5 $5.8 $60.2 $22.4
$48,001 to $70,000 $52.0 $4.4 $35.5 $12.0
$70,001 plus $102.1 $12.0 $53.2 $36.9
Total $253.6 $23.5 $156.6 $73.5
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2017.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $9.5 $1.2 $6.3 $2.0
$14,001 to $48,000 $90.1 $5.7 $62.1 $22.3
$48,001 to $70,000 $54.9 $4.6 $37.2 $13.1
$70,001 plus $109.6 $12.7 $57.9 $39.0
Total $236.1 $24.1 $163.5 $75.5
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2018.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $9.7 $1.0 $6.4 $2.3
$14,001 to $48,000 $89.6 $6.0 $59.5 $24.1
$48,001 to $70,000 $52.3 $4.4 $36.1 $11.8
$70,001 plus $124.3 $13.6 $65.0 $45.7
Total $275.9 $25.1 $166.9 $83.9
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2019.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $6.6 $0.8 $4.3 $1.5
$14,001 to $48,000 $83.2 $4.5 $58.1 $20.6
$48,001 to $70,000 $53.2 $4.3 $36.6 $12.3
$70,001 plus $140.5 $14.7 $71.2 $54.6
Total $283.5 $24.3 $170.2 $89.0
Donation tax credits claimed by taxable income band and type of donation ($ million) - 2020.
Taxable income band Total donation credits claimed Tax credits for donations to schools and kindergartens Tax credits for donations to donee religious organisations Tax credits for donations to other donee organisations
$1 to $14,000 $5.8 $0.6 $3.9 $1.3
$14,001 to $48,000 $77.7 $3.9 $53.1 $20.7
$48,001 to $70,000 $52.2 $3.8 $36.6 $11.8
$70,001 plus $150.3 $15.2 $76.3 $58.8
Total $286.0 $23.5 $169.9 $92.6

Tax credits claimed by 'payroll giving' through employers was introduced in January 2010.

The total donation and tax credit claimed through this method is displayed in the table below, as is the number of employees and employers using payroll giving in the year.

Donation tax credits claimed by payroll giving.
Tax year Number of employers with payroll giving claim 1 Number of employees with payroll giving donation 2 Payroll giving donation ($ million) Payroll giving tax credit ($ million)
2011 840 6,850 $2.3 $0.8
2012 940 4,610 $3.3 $1.1
2013 1,450 6,600 $4.8 $1.6
2014 1,560 8,150 $5.7 $1.9
2015 1,640 8,520 $6.3 $2.1
2016 1,760 9,050 $5.9 $2.0
2017 1,880 11,500 $6.4 $2.1
2018 2,070 13,060 $6.2 $2.1
2019 2,660 15,120 $6.8 $2.3
2020 2,550 15,100 $6.9 $2.3
2021 2,010 13,050 $10.1 $3.4
2022 3 1,890 13,680 $7.1 $2.4

1 Distinct number of employers who enabled at least 1 claim on behalf of an employee in the March year.

2 Distinct number of taxpayers who made at least 1 payroll giving donation at any time in the March year.

3 This data was extracted on 27 April 2022. The 2022 figures are provisional. 

Last updated: 28 Apr 2021
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