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Alberta’s charitable tax credit supports giving across the province

Albertans are encouraged to take advantage of one of the highest charitable tax credits in Canada while supporting the province’s outstanding charities.  

Culture and Tourism Minister David Eggen joined representatives from various charitable organizations, including a number of Santa’s helpers, to highlight the great work they do and the benefits charities and their donors receive through the Charitable Donations Tax Credit.

“Albertans are extremely generous, with donation levels that consistently exceed the national average. In tough economic times, taking care of each other is the Alberta way of doing things. This tax credit encourages Albertans to support the causes that matter to them. The credit is one of the most substantial of its kind in Canada"

David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Contributions to charitable organizations peak during the holiday season, but Albertans can benefit from the tax credit on donations made any time of year. Albertans simply claim their annual donations to registered charities on their income tax returns, and the credit is applied to the overall amount owing or being refunded.

"We are very appreciative of the Government of Alberta’s support. Albertans give generously, and the charitable tax credit is just one example of the government demonstrating its commitment to the not-for-profit sector." 

Jenn McManus, Vice President, Canadian Red Cross, Alberta & Northwest Territories

“We see how much Albertans care every day through their support. And while we find that most people base their decision to give on the desire to help others, we know that our province’s generous tax credit is an additional reward for donating.” 

Myrna Khan, Vice President, resource development, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region

"The Salvation Army relies on the generosity of Albertans to support programs that assist men, women and children who are living in poverty. We are grateful that the charitable tax credit encourages those who can to give to charities like ours."

Captain Pam Goodyear, Divisional Secretary, Public Relations & Development, The Salvation Army

"Many donors have utilized the charitable tax credit over the years to help their money go further. We encourage our readers to explore the tax credit, as the true beneficiaries are the agencies and people who need our help."

Laura Linnell, Committee Chair, Calgary Herald Christmas Fund

“The charitable tax credit enables our supporters to deliver the spirit of Christmas to children in Edmonton while receiving the gift of a tax break in return.”

Lana Nordlund, Executive Director, 630 CHED Santas Anonymous

Facts about the Charitable Tax Credit

  • Budget 2015 maintains Alberta’s Charitable Donations Tax Credit at 21 per cent for total donations in excess of $200, one of the highest such credits in Canada.
  • When combined with the federal charitable tax credit of 29 per cent, Albertans receive a 50 per cent non-refundable tax credit for every dollar donated over the $200 threshold.
  • The first $200 in donations receives a combined credit of 35 per cent.
  • The tax credit reduces a taxpayer’s amount owing or increases the amount being refunded.
  • Albertans gave approximately $1.47 billion to charities in 2013. Of the provinces, Alberta tax filers had the highest median charitable donation in the country. (Source: Statistics Canada).

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