New Zealanders' charity donation amounts falling
The amount New Zealanders are donating to charity is falling.
Tax refund firm MyTax says donations claimed by taxpayers fell to an average of $761 last year, compared to the previous year's $841. That's a drop of around ten percent.
The numbers are based on analysis of more than 300,000 tax returns filed with IRD.
MayTax chief executive Lester Binns says a person's income is not necessarily a reliable indicator of how much they choose to donate.
"Although the average amount donated was highest with incomes in excess of $70,000, it was interesting to see there was only a $38 difference between those in the $60,000 - $70,000 bracket and those earning less than $20,000."
Each group donated around $692.
The average donation made to schools dropped by around 10 percent over the past year.
Donations to religious groups fell by 19 percent to $398.
Donations to registered charities, religious organisations, state schools, kindergartens and other IRD approved organisations are partially tax deductible.