1. Why do I get a tax deduction on my donation?
Many of India’s poor live on less than Rs150 a day. This is
hardly enough to feed a family of four, take a sick child to hospital or
provide education for the poorest of the poor. Credible NGOs provide food,
shelter, education and treatment for people who have dire need of it but cannot
afford to pay for it. The Government grants economic concessions to registered
NGOs who work for the needy, and also to citizens who donate to those NGOs.
2. How does the Government register NGOs?
As per the terms of registration, NGOs are mandated to spend 85% of their annual income on programme expenses in a given year.
Those that meet this qualification are granted a 12A
certificate which exempts the organisation from paying income tax subject to
fulfilment of conditions. NGOs in turn apply to the Income Tax Commissioner for
an 80G certificate which enables donors to claim a tax deduction based on their
donation. NGOs with an income of over Rs 2,50,000 a year are required to
have their accounts audited by a Chartered Accountant, and are also expected to
file their returns with the Income Tax Commissioner each year. Failing to do so
can lead to the Government cancelling their registration licence. HelpYourNGO
has listed 650+ NGOs with audited financial reports for at least the past three
years. You can be assured that these NGOs are compliant with legal requirements
and spend their income on beneficiaries.
3. What kind of donations can I make?
- Donations to certain entities are eligible for deduction under section 80G. These include prescribed Government schemes and registered NGOs
|Qualifying limit on income
|Prescribed Government Schemes
|PM’s National Relief Fund, National Defence Fund, etc.
|Other Government Schemes
|PM Drought Relief Fund, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, etc.
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|10% of adjusted gross total income
- You can claim deductions up to 10% of your adjusted gross total income while donating to NGOs. However, if you are donating to designated Government schemes, there is no qualifying limit
- Donations made in cash exceeding Rs 2,000 are not eligible for deductions, as are donations in kind (materials, clothes, medicines, food etc.)
4. How do I claim my deduction?
Charitable donations are accounted for under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.
- Ensure that the NGO gives you a receipt and 80G certificate when you make your donation.
- When filing your returns, include the following details: Name and address of donee, PAN of done and amount of donation. Based on the details, the amount eligible for deduction will be calculated.