Essential Report

Tax deductibility of donations

Apr 4, 2017

Q. Do you think donations to the following groups should be tax deductible or not tax deductible?

  Should be tax deductible Should not be tax deductible Don’t know   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Medical research organisations 76% 12% 12%   78% 80% 72% 82%
Social welfare organisations 66% 19% 15%   72% 67% 73% 63%
Animal welfare organisations 66% 21% 13%   68% 66% 71% 70%
Public libraries, museums and art galleries 60% 26% 14%   62% 60% 64% 63%
Human rights groups 55% 29% 17%   63% 51% 70% 47%
Environment groups 53% 31% 16%   61% 48% 69% 50%
Overseas aid organisations 52% 32% 16%   56% 56% 58% 44%
Churches and religious groups 36% 51% 13%   37% 41% 20% 33%
Groups that campaign on social issues 34% 44% 22%   45% 23% 47% 28%

 

A majority favour tax deductibility of donations to all listed groups except for churches and religious groups (36%) and groups that campaign on social issues (34%).

Those most favoured for tax deductibility of donations were medical research organisations (76%), social welfare organisations (66%) and animal welfare organisations (66%).

Labor and Greens voters were more likely to approve of tax deductibility for social welfare groups, human rights groups, environment groups and groups that campaign on social issues.

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