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 (refund) on cash donations they make to your charity.
Your charity must be named in tax legislation for people who donate to qualify.
Who can get overseas donee status
The money your charity receives must go towards at least 1 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 cannot get overseas donee status if they form to support or administer any:
- political creed.