Fight for the future of our koalas
Fight for the future of our koalas
The sad truth is that the destruction of koala habitat is happening at a dangerous rate. And it’s because Queensland’s environmental laws are too weak. Donate today so we can urgently ramp up our campaign to close the legal loopholes that are destroying their habitat.
Without stronger habitat protection, this much loved and iconic native animal faces extinction by 2050.
The Vegetation Management Act currently allows the destruction of koala habitat through ‘Category X exemptions.’ Through these legal loopholes, industry has free rein to clear high-value conservation land.
But here’s the good news: we can stop extinction if we protect their home.
We’re ready to lobby the government to change our environmental laws. But this effort costs money - and we need your help to do it.
Your generous gift will help us towards our $30,000 goal. This will allow us to commission GIS research, which we will present to government to make them aware of the extent of the problem.
With more forest and woodland destroyed in Queensland than in any other state in Australia, our koalas are in big trouble.
This is your chance to be at the forefront of this fight. You can help convince the government to close the loopholes in the Vegetation Management Act. Please donate today so we can urgently ramp up this campaign. Together, we can get it over the line.
Tax time in Australia is around the corner.
While auditing your income and expenses over the past financial year can be a taxing process, there are rewarding ways to reduce the stress and boost your tax refund by making a charitable donation.
Donating to charity is a great way to invest in the world you want and create positive change in our local community. It also helps to minimise your taxable income and increase your tax return. This means you’ll pay less tax, while protecting nature in Queensland, ensuring a healthy and safe climate for all.
Most of the donations you’ve made to charity over the past year are tax deductible.
Whether you’re a monthly nature guardian, or donating for the first time, we’ve answered frequently asked questions about reducing your tax bill at the end of the financial year, to help you as an individual or business owner to make a return on your donations.
Which charities have DGR (deductible gift recipients) status?
One important factor that ensures your charitable donations are tax deductible, is DGR status. Not all charitable organisations qualify for this incentive. To put it simply, you can only claim a tax return for gifts or donations to organisations that have the status of ‘deductible gift recipients (DGR). DGR’s are simply charities or organisations that are officially registered to receive tax deductible gifts. Queensland Conservation Council is a registered charity with deductible gift recipients status.
To review more details on what types of charities qualify, read more on the ATO website.
Can a tax deductible donation boost my tax return?There are a range of factors to consider when making a charitable donation to boost your tax return. We outline these considerations below.
1 – MAKE SURE YOUR CHARITY IS REGISTERED“Gift” donations (when you donate money or property to charity without receiving any material benefit in return) can only be claimed on your tax return if your charity has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).
You can check whether your chosen charity is reputable and registered as a DGR, on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website.
Does claiming a tax deductible donation affect the amount of money a charity receives?Claiming a tax deduction from a gift donation doesn’t affect the amount of money the charity receives, just what you’re entitled to deduct at tax time.
It is a mutually beneficial gift which reduces your taxable income, and provides investment into necessary conservation initiatives.
2 – KEEP YOUR DONATION RECEIPTSDonations that are $2 or more are tax deductible. Get and keep the receipt of any donation you make in case you need to show your tax agent or accountant, or the ATO. The ATO recommends keeping receipts for five years after completing your tax return in case they need to ask you to substantiate your claim.
You can keep a record of your tax deductions and income in one place on the myDeductions app.
Are companies and businesses able to claim tax deductible donations?Businesses can claim donations to charity on their taxes just like individuals. Tax time is a great opportunity to amp up workplace giving programs or social responsibility schemes.
As a business owner, or executive, all you need to do is donate a cash gift to your chosen charity and keep the receipt. The ATO will recognise your donation as a deductible gift to charity.
3 – KNOW AND RECORD YOUR “CONTRIBUTIONS”In addition to gift donations, you may be able to claim a tax deduction on any “contributions” you’ve made to charity.
A contribution is when you receive something with a monetary value from the charity in return for your donation. For example, a ticket to a fundraising dinner would not be considered as a gift donation but it may be considered as a contribution.
You may be able to claim a part of your contribution as a tax deduction.