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Australians are claiming their gifts to charity on tax more than ever, with a total of $3.1 billion donated in the 2014-15 financial year – a 15 per cent increase, or $464 million, on the previous year, according to a report from QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

The report analysed Australian Taxation Office statistics on tax-deductible giving for the period and discovered the total tax-deductible donations made by Australians far exceed inflation.

Other findings showed that:

  • 4.57 million Australian taxpayers claimed deductible gifts in 2014–2015, with the average donation $674.14, an increase of 17.11 per cent from 2013–2014
  • Women gave a higher proportion of their income than men but men gave more overall
  • The more people earn, the more they claim as tax-deductible donations, while the median amount donated by men and women rises with age
  • Judges, Magistrates, Members of Parliament and medical professionals claimed the highest median tax-deductible donations of all professions
  • The Victorian suburbs of Hawksburn, Toorak (postcode 3142) topped the country, giving over $100 million

Read the full article from QUT and download the report

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