A new research paper has shown concerning trends in Australians’ giving. “An Examination of Tax-Deductible Donations Made By Individual Australian Taxpayers in 2015–16”, authored by Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Marie Crittall at The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, has been released.
The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) is a specialist research and teaching unit at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia
The study uses information based on published Australian Taxation Office (ATO) material and represents the extent of tax-deductible donations made and claimed by Australian taxpayers to Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs) at Item D9 Gifts or Donations in their individual income tax returns for the 2015–16 income year.
The study showed that the total amount donated and claimed as tax-deductible donations in 2015–16 was $2.9 billion (compared to $3.1 billion for the previous income year). This constitutes an 8.9% decrease or $221 million from the previous income year. The average tax-deductible donation made to DGRs and claimed by Australian taxpayers in 2015-16 was $633.72 (compared to $674.14 in the previous income year).
The following is a summary of some of the significant statistics from the ATO Taxation Statistics data from 2015–16 that are further analysed in this paper.
Further findings in giving trends are available in the paper in relation to:
For more information and a complete copy of the report visit the QUT website at https://eprints.qut.edu.au/119001/