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Individuals who donate to approved donee organisations can claim a tax credit on donated amounts. Testamentary gifts, that is, those given, bequeathed, done or appointed by will and gifts by way of a full or partial debt forgiveness are excluded. Donation tax credits are limited by the individual’s taxable income so can usually only be processed after the end of the tax year.

If you have any questions about donation tax credits or using gateway services for donation tax credits, email GatewayServices@ird.govt.nz

Claiming donation tax credits

Donation tax credits are processed:

  • automatically each pay day for donations made through payroll giving
  • automatically any time after the associated tax year is complete for donations recorded in myIR
  • on submission of the IR526 tax credit claim form.

Tax credits can only be claimed for receipted donations and if the individual has met their filing obligation for the period. Individuals submitting a claim must provide receipts before their claim can be processed but tax agents need only provide receipts if requested.

Find out more about donation tax credits or take a look at our donation tax credit software developer kit (SDK).

Donation tax credits

Donation tax credit software developer kit (SDK) on GitHub

Filing donation tax credit claims through our gateway services

The donation tax credit gateway service can be used to:

  • submit a new or amended donation tax credit claim form
  • query the processing status of a previously filed donation tax credit claim form
  • request a copy of a previously filed donation tax credit claim form.

Gateway service capability for donation tax credits

The gateway service used for donation tax credit is the return service. It provides the following capabilities through defined service operations:

Service operation Description
Prepop Not available for donation tax credits.
File Submits new or amended donation tax credit claim forms.
RetrieveStatus Provides the status of previously filed donation tax credit claim forms.
RetrieveReturn Provides a copy of previously filed donation tax credit claim forms.
RetrieveFilingObligation Not available for donation tax credits.

Donation tax credit business use cases

The following are examples of sequences of the gateway return service operations that could be used to achieve a specific business outcome.

Keys

  • Gateway service operations: RS = Retrieve Status, RR = Retrieve Return, RFO = Retrieve Filing Obligation
  • The numbers for each use case are the order in which these operations should be called when using this services.
Use case Gateway service operation
File Prepop RS RR RFO
1. Submit a new donation tax credit claim form 1
2. Retrieve the status of a previously submitted donation tax credit claim form  
1
3. Retrieve a previously submitted donation tax credit claim form
1
4. Amend and submit a donation tax credit claim form 2 1