[RNLD] DGR status for Australian Indigenous language organisations

Doug Marmion doug.marmion at gmail.com
Mon May 20 23:10:05 EDT 2019


Australian tax law has finally been amended to allow deductible gift recipient status for organisations whose purpose is promoting Indigenous languages, see below for further details.


DGR status for Indigenous language organisations

The eligibility criteria for endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) has been updated. This category has now been extended to include organisations whose purpose is promoting Indigenous languages. You can now apply for endorsement through the through the Register of Cultural Organisations. <https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/application-register-cultural-organisations> (https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/application-register-cultural-organisations <https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/application-register-cultural-organisations> )
This measure was included in the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 5) Bill 2018 <https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr6189_ems_0e8520fa-5d3a-4af8-851f-72849ceaca67%22> (https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr6189_ems_0e8520fa-5d3a-4af8-851f-72849ceaca67%22 <https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:%22legislation/ems/r6189_ems_0e8520fa-5d3a-4af8-851f-72849ceaca67%22> ), which received royal assent on 12 March 2019.
There are an estimated 250 original Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and over 600 dialects. Extending DGR status to those organisations that promote Indigenous languages will assist in the languages' preservation by attracting public financial support.
We have updated our DGR table <https://www.ato.gov.au/Non-profit/Getting-started/In-detail/Types-of-DGRs/DGR-table/> (https://www.ato.gov.au/Non-profit/Getting-started/In-detail/Types-of-DGRs/DGR-table/ <https://www.ato.gov.au/Non-profit/Getting-started/In-detail/Types-of-DGRs/DGR-table/> ) to include these changes.
 <>Receiving tax-deductible gifts

A DGR is an entity or fund that can receive tax deductible gifts, which may enable donors to claim a tax deduction for their gifts to the entity.
A donor will follow different rules for claiming a tax deduction depending on whether their donation is a gift or a contribution. It's important to understand the difference between a gift and a contribution:
a donor does not receive material benefit in return for their gift
a donor can receive a minor benefit in return for their contribution (for example, a donor purchases a ticket to a fundraising dinner), however the value of the benefit must be within specific limits.
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