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Donation to charity organizations tax deductible?

During the year you have most likely donated to charity organizations, are those donations tax deductible?

That depends. First you need to have donated to charity organizations recognized by the Dutch tax office. The most well known organizations are accepted, smaller organizations you have to inquire about. Furthermore, your total donation needs to have exceeded the threshold and then the excess is tax deductible. The maximum deductible amount is limited. Donations made by your tax partner can be added to your donation, in order to exceed the threshold. The threshold is 1% of your taxable income or EUR 60 if that is less. The maximum deductible amount is 10% of your taxable income.

If you decide to meet the criteria of a periodic donation, then the thresholds do not apply. The donation is agreed upon via a notary deed, for a minimum period of 5 years, paid per year to an accepted charity organization. When your records show that you have donated to more or less the same charity organizations over the years, then you can chose to make the donations periodic and donate more tax effective. Maybe donations are not tax driven, but if it saves tax, you might be able to donate more.

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