Annual Tax Statement FAQs

As a financial supporter of World Vision Australia, you will receive an Annual Tax Statement showing a summary of tax-deductible donations you have made to us in the previous financial year.

Depending on your own tax position, the Annual Tax Statement will help you claim a tax deduction when it is time to prepare your tax return. In the lead up to tax time, we want to make sure it’s as simple as possible for you to access information about your contributions over the last financial year.

 

In 2018, you will receive an email notification by Wednesday 18 July with a link to your Annual Tax Statement.

Supporters who have opted to receive printed tax statements or who don’t have a valid email address should receive their statement in the mail by Thursday 2 August.

If you have still not received your Annual Tax Statement by mid-August, please call us on 13 32 40.

We know it’s important for you to get your Annual Tax Statement as quickly as possible. However, it’s important that we get it right. We need to allow several working days for our team to process donations that were made at the end of June. Once they’ve been processed, we also need to check that the right information is going to the right person.

Please note that 18 July is the latest you will receive your digital tax statement - it may come earlier. Posted tax statements will arrive by 2 August.

Going paperless enables us to save costs, so we can maximise the impact of your donation. Plus, it helps us protect the environment by reducing our paper consumption.

Switching to online tax statements also means we can get your Annual Tax Statement out to you faster. If you’d still prefer to receive a printed tax statement in the mail, you can easily update your preferences. Call us on 13 32 40 or email us.

You’ll need to update your preference before 5pm on Friday 15 June to ensure you receive a printed tax statement for the 2017/18 financial year.

Yes – you can. However please note that the cut-off date for 2017/18 posted statements is 15 June. If you are changing your preference after this date, we’ll try our best to deliver it via mail for this financial year. If it’s not possible, we will ensure you receive your statement via email.

If you opt-in for a posted tax statement by 15 June you will receive your statement by 2 August. If you receive it via email, you will receive your tax statement by 18 July.

Yes, you can ask for an up-to-date summary of your tax-deductible contributions by calling us on 13 32 40. However, please note that as it will be issued prior to the end of the financial year, it may be incomplete. We will still send you an Annual Tax Statement for the entire financial year once it's complete, which we recommend you rely on.

Since 1 July 2008, as a general rule, we have not issued receipts for individual gifts to reduce costs and simplify processes. Instead, you will receive an Annual Tax Statement that contains a summary of tax-deductible donations you made to us during the financial year.

If you live in New South Wales, you will continue to receive receipts for certain types of individual gifts in compliance with NSW fundraising laws.

Group donations

Many of our generous supporters give as a group with friends, family or work colleagues. This is done by pooling donations and having one person from the group send us the pooled amount. Each year, we spend considerable resources (in staff time and postage) responding to requests for Annual Tax Statements to be issued to individual members of such groups.

If you regularly donate in this way, you can help us save on administration costs (thus ensuring more of your donations are applied directly to our project work) by contacting us at the start of the financial year to make arrangements for issuing Annual Tax Statements to each group member.

Donations made through a bank

If you donated to any World Vision appeal at a bank branch, your donation will not be included in your Annual Tax Statement. You should use the deposit slip issued to you by the bank at that time for taxation purposes.

40 Hour Famine

If you sponsored a 40 Hour Famine participant and this was your sole donation to World Vision in this financial year, it will not be included in your Annual Tax Statement. Look out for a tax receipt from Everyday Hero instead.

Global 6K for Water

If you sponsored a Global 6K for Water participant and this was your sole donation to World Vision in this financial year, it will not be included in your Annual Tax Statement. Look out for a tax receipt from Everyday Hero instead.

Some donations are not tax deductible

Donations must be $2 or more and have been donated to a tax-deductible appeal to qualify. For example, funds you have given to us as part of a competition or promotion or where you have otherwise received a benefit (such as purchasing a t-shirt) are not tax deductible.

Workplace Giving

If you supported us through a Workplace Giving program, please contact your employer for confirmation of your contributions to use when completing your tax return.

Tap.Give.Change device

We will not issue a receipt for your donation unless you request one. Australian Taxation Office Class Ruling CR 2017/14 (Ruling) states that you can rely on your bank or credit card statement as written evidence for claiming a tax deduction in respect of a donation made using a tap to donate device. We will ensure the description of the transaction satisfies the requirements of the ruling. If you would still like a receipt please call us on 13 32 40.

If you supported us through a Workplace Giving program, please contact your employer for confirmation of your contributions to use when completing your tax return.

To enable you to claim a tax deduction for your generous donations, World Vision must maintain special endorsements from the Australian Taxation Office to qualify for “Deductible Gift Recipient” (DGR) status.

World Vision Australia has DGR endorsement as a Public Benevolent Institution and to operate the Overseas Aid Fund.

If you supported our tax-deductible programs in Australia (including, for example, through Australia Program or the purchase of relevant World Vision gift catalogue items such as early learning for Indigenous children), your money is used by us in our work as a Public Benevolent Institution.

If you supported our tax-deductible programs overseas (including though the purchase of relevant World Vision gift catalogue items) your money was paid into the Overseas Aid Fund.

For any financial information regarding World Vision Australia, please refer to our Annual Reports.

You could also refer to World Vision Australia's registration on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register - this includes financial information in World Vision Australia's Annual Information Statement.