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CHANGES TO CATHOLIC MISSION’S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFTS 

1. What is the mission of Catholic Mission? 

2. Why does Catholic Mission now split donations into tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible gifts?

3. According to the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) guidelines, what types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible?

4. Has the mission of Catholic Mission changed?

5. How do I know if my donation is tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible? 

6. Do I have to do anything to ensure my donation is tax-deductible? 

7. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission? 

8. Will I still receive a tax deduction for my donation? 

CHANGES TO THE TAX DEDUCTIBILITY STATUS OF CATHOLIC MISSION'S REGULAR GIVING PROGRAMS 

9. What are the changes to the tax deductibility of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs? 

10. Why have changes to the Leaders for Life and the Friends in Faith regular giving programs occurred? 

11. What types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible? 

12. When did the tax deductibility changes to the Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith regular giving programs occur? 

13. I was not able to inform Catholic Mission of my choice of a new regular giving program before 1 July 2015. Have any of my regular giving programs been changed?

14. Reference table – a summary of the changes to Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs from 1 July 2015

15. What type of projects are supported by Catholic Mission's regular giving programs?

16. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission?

17. What's the difference between Catholic Mission and Caritas?

 

CHANGES TO CATHOLIC MISSION’S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFTS

 

1. What is the mission of Catholic Mission?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.” – Luke 4:18-19

Catholic Mission is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through building communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need, acting for justice and creation, and adopting child-focused, community-based development programs.

Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission—in Australia and around the world. This enables missionaries to reach out to help children and communities in need, and provide vital training for seminarians and other young Church leaders.

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2. Why does Catholic Mission now split donations into tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible gifts?

Catholic Mission is an approved organisation under the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS). This means that since 26 September 1986, Catholic Mission has been an approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which is legally entitled to both receive income tax-deductible gifts for charitable activities, and provide tax-deductible receipts for donations made to these activities. We are also a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Over time, the ATO has changed the guidelines relating to the type of activities for which Australian charities can and cannot provide tax-deductible receipts under the OAGDS scheme.

Since 2012 Catholic Mission has been vigorously conducting an organisational assessment, and has made it a priority to clarify which of our activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible under the current OAGDS guidelines.

This clarification means that donors now see a clear categorisation between the type of activities that are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible. This will better help donors make a more informed decision as to which type of projects they would like to donate to.

By adhering to the OAGDS guidelines and complying with Australian federal law, Catholic Mission is able to continue supporting the Catholic Church and its religious orders around the world to serve people in need, while also offering greater accountability and different giving options to our donors.

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3. According to the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) guidelines, what types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible?

Based on the ATO’s guidelines for overseas aid activities, we now categorise projects into two types: tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible.

Catholic Mission partners with overseas dioceses, religious orders and other organisations to alleviate poverty. Some of their projects are tax-deductible and others are not. Projects deemed to be tax-deductible must not include welfare, evangelism, and/or political activities. They must encourage local community participation; improve the well-being of those in need, without discrimination by race, religion, culture or political persuasion; and produce sustainable benefits that will continue after development assistance has ceased.

Programs of our local dioceses and religious orders, such as improving community education, water, sanitation, agriculture, job creation, social enterprise, microfinance, and emergency relief programs, are tax-deductible.

According to OAGDS guidelines endorsed by the ATO, in the case of schools and orphanages, activities such as the provision of textbooks, uniforms, food, school fees and construction activities are generally considered to be welfare activities; hence, they are non-tax-deductible, unless they are part of a sustainable community development activity.

In addition, evangelistic or pastoral activities are non-tax-deductible. Donations towards missionary activities; the training of novices, seminarians, and catechists; and the building or renovating of church buildings are non-tax-deductible.

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4. Has the mission of Catholic Mission changed?

No. Catholic Mission continues to answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour by supporting projects around the world which work to establish the Reign of God. We continue to support projects which build communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need and acting for justice and creation, as well as child-focused community-based development programs, which act as the starting point for breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty and inequality.

The only change Catholic Mission has made is that donors now see a clearer categorisation between the type of activities that are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible. This will better help donors make a more informed decision as to which type of projects they would like to support.

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5. How do I know if my donation is tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible?

For one-off gifts given to any of our fundraising campaigns—including direct mail, parish appeals, online giving, or face-to-face with a Catholic Mission staff member—the response coupons which you need to fill out to specify your donation amount and payment details have a clear mechanism by which you can indicate whether you would like to give either a tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible gift.

If you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs, you would have received several correspondences from us outlining the changes to the tax deductibility status of these programs. From 1 July 2015, all donations to Catholic Mission's Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs are no longer tax-deductible.

Please refer to the FAQs section on changes to the tax deductibility status of Catholic Mission's regular giving programs for more details.

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6. Do I have to do anything to ensure my donation is tax-deductible?

If you are giving a one-off gift, the response coupon which you need to fill out to specify your donation amount and payment details has a clear mechanism by which you can indicate whether you would like to give a gift which is either tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible.

If you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs, you would have received several correspondences from us informing you that donations made to the Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs are no longer tax-deductible from 1 July 2015.

Thank you if you have contacted us to indicate your preference. If you did not have a chance to do so, it is very important that you read the FAQs section on changes to the tax deductibility status of Catholic Mission's regular giving programs and contact Catholic Mission should you wish to make any changes to your regular giving programs.

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7. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission?

If you do not need to claim a tax-deduction for your donation, we would encourage you to consider making a non-tax-deductible donation which will enable Catholic Mission to continue to fund activities which are deemed non-tax-deductible by the Australian Taxation Office. These activities include: evangelistic and pastoral activities; the training of novices, seminarians, and catechists; and the building or renovating of church buildings and homes for church leaders, as well as associated buildings.

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8. Will I still receive a tax deduction for my donation?

Changes to the Catholic Mission donation response coupons for one-off gifts were implemented on 1 May 2015. From this date, all donation forms for one-off gifts enable you to choose to make either a tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible donation. If you make a tax-deductible donation, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt so that you can claim your donation as a tax-deduction in that year's tax return.

If you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Children's Mission Partners regular giving program, there were no changes made to this particular program.

However, if you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs, you would have received several correspondences from us outlining the changes to the tax deductibility status of these programs. From 1 July 2015, all donations to Catholic Mission's Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs are no longer tax-deductible.

Please refer to the FAQs section on changes to the tax deductibility status of Catholic Mission's regular giving programs for more details.

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CHANGES TO THE TAX DEDUCTIBILITY STATUS OF CATHOLIC MISSION'S REGULAR GIVING PROGRAMS

 

9. What are the changes to the tax deductibility of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs?

From 1 July 2015, donations to Catholic Mission’s Friends in Faith and Leaders for Life regular giving programs are no longer tax-deductible. This means that as a regular giver to one or both of these programs you will not be able to receive a tax-deductible receipt for the donations you make to these programs after 30 June 2015.

If you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs, you would have received several correspondences from us informing you that donations made to the Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs are no longer tax-deductible from 1 July 2015.

Thank you if you have contacted us to indicate your preference. If you did not have a chance to do so, please read the information outlined further in the frequently asked questions below and contact Catholic Mission should you wish to make any changes to your regular giving programs.

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10. Why have changes to the Leaders for Life and the Friends in Faith regular giving programs occurred?

Catholic Mission is an approved organisation under the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS). This means that since 26 September 1986, Catholic Mission has been an approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which is legally entitled to both receive income tax-deductible gifts for charitable activities, and provide tax-deductible receipts for donations made to these activities. We are also a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Over time, the ATO has changed the guidelines relating to the type of activities for which Australian charities can and cannot provide tax-deductible receipts under the OAGDS scheme.

Since 2012, Catholic Mission has been vigorously conducting an organisational assessment, and has made it a priority to clarify which of our activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible under the current OAGDS guidelines.

This clarification means that donors will see a clear categorisation between the type of activities that are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible. This will better help donors make a more informed decision as to which type of projects they would like to donate to.

By adhering to the OAGDS guidelines and complying with Australian federal law, Catholic Mission is able to continue supporting the Catholic Church and its religious orders around the world to serve people in need, while also offering greater accountability and different giving options to our donors.

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11. What types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible?

See point 3.

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12. When did the tax deductibility changes to the Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith regular giving programs occur?

Because the annual tax receipts for Catholic Mission’s regular givers are aligned with the dates of the Australian tax year (1 July to 30 June), the changes happened on 1 July 2015, enabling a clean switchover at the start of the new financial year.

However, while changes to regular giving programs happened on 1 July 2015, changes to the Catholic Mission donation response coupons for 'one-off' donations were implemented on 1 May 2015. From this date, the response coupon which you need to fill out to specify your donation amount and payment details was changed, and now include a clear mechanism by which you can indicate whether you would like to give either a tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible gift. This applies to all one-off gifts given to any of our fundraising campaigns—including direct mail, parish appeals, online giving, or face-to-face with a Catholic Mission staff member.

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13. I was not able to inform Catholic Mission of my choice of a new regular giving program before 1 July 2015. Have any of my regular giving programs been changed?

If you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Children's Mission Partners regular giving program, there were no changes made to this particular program.

If you have been making ongoing regular gifts to our Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs and we did not receive a request from you to change your regular giving programs before 30 June 2015, you have been placed within the following regular giving programs:

  1. Leaders for Life program (previously tax-deductible) is transferred to Leaders for Life non-tax-deductible program
  2. Friends in Faith program (previously tax-deductible) is transferred to Children's Mission Partners tax-deductible program.

Please see the quick reference table in point 14.

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14. Reference table – a summary of the changes to Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs from 1 July 2015

The following is an overview of the changes to Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs from 1 July 2015.

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15. What type of projects are supported by Catholic Mission's regular giving programs?

Please refer to the 'Summary of Catholic Mission’s Regular Giving Programs from 1 July 2015' fact sheet below to see the different types of projects supported by the Children’s Mission Partners, Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith regular giving programs.

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16. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission?

If you do not need to claim a tax deduction for your donation, we would encourage you to continue to contribute to the Leaders for Life or Friends in Faith regular giving programs, without a tax-deduction. This will enable Catholic Mission to continue to fund activities which are deemed non-tax-deductible by the Australian Taxation Office. These activities include: evangelistic and pastoral activities; the training of novices, seminarians, and catechists; and the building or renovating of church buildings and homes for church leaders, as well as associated buildings.

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17. What's the difference between Catholic Mission and Caritas?

Catholic Mission and Caritas Australia are separate, but important, missionary agencies of the Catholic Church globally. The work of each agency complements the other and they share many of the same supporters in Australia.

The global Catholic Mission network works closely with the local Bishops Conference in each country and reports to the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples in Rome, whilst each agency in the global Caritas network reports to the Bishops Conference in its own country.

Funds raised by Caritas Australia assist communities, regardless of their religion, to strengthen their capacities and independence through long term programs, with a focus on sustainable livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, and protection of vulnerable children, women and men. In response to international disasters, the primary Caritas focus is on providing food, water, health care and shelter to impacted communities, as well as helping them recover for the longer term.

Funds raised by Catholic Mission support local churches and communities through spiritual, pastoral and building programs, the training and formation of priests, religious, and catechists, care for vulnerable children, and promoting and forming people for mission. Following a disaster, Catholic Mission assists in a range of ways, including supporting pastoral initiatives and the rebuilding of church infrastructure.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE DEFINITIONS

  • Welfare is defined as assistance to maintain individuals in a particular condition on a long-term basis with no clear exit strategy (other than in refugee and emergency situations). Welfare is implemented independently of other sustainable community development activities, includes no strategy for integration into a broader community development program, and is provided on an individual or family basis rather than on a community basis. A substantial and broad impact on social and economic conditions in the community is a priority, and is not normally expected from welfare programs. Catholic Mission will continue to raise funds for orphanages as non-tax-deductible projects.
  • Evangelism is defined as promoting a particular religious adherence, such as activities undertaken with the intention of converting individuals or groups to a faith, and/or from one faith and/or denominational affiliation to another. Catholics call this proclamation or faith sharing.
  • Political Activities are defined as activities undertaken with the intention of supporting a political party, candidate or organisations affiliated to a political party.

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Street Address:
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Phone:
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