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If you are a New Zealand charity whose purposes are mainly overseas, you can apply for overseas donee status. This means people can claim a tax credit on cash donations made to your charity. Your charity must be named in tax legislation for people who donate to qualify.

Eligibility for overseas donee status

The money your charity receives must go towards at least one of these things:

  • relieving poverty, hunger, sickness, damages from war or natural disaster
  • the economy of developing countries recognised by the United Nations
  • raising the educational standards of a developing country recognised by the United Nations.

Charities are specifically excluded if they form to foster or administer any:

  • religion
  • cult
  • political creed.

Apply for overseas donee status