Made a donation of more than $5 in the last four years to Bible Society?
Every time you donate to Bible Society or any other charity, school or religious organisation, you are eligible for a 33% donation rebate, but most Kiwis never bother with the paperwork.
We have partnered with Fund a Future to create a new fundraising channel.
Signing up with them will make it easy to claim back your rebate and put your share to good use – whether that means regifting it to us or keeping it for yourself.
Fund a Future is the first NZ company registered with the IRD, dedicated entirely to filing donation tax rebates on your behalf. Not just for the current tax year but previous years, too!
How to claim your donation rebate
2 minutes is all it takes to sign up, then Fund a Future will take care of your donation rebates every year from here on in. If you can spare 2 minutes to free up your spare money, we ask you to consider signing up with Fund a Future.
What is Fund a Future?
Fund a Future automates the donation tax rebate process and sends your rebates to you or as new donations to the organisations you support – making every donation go a little further.
For every $2 donated in New Zealand, only $1 is being claimed back. Fund a Future is on a mission to make it easy for you to amplify your positive impact through your original donations.
How does Fund a Future work?
- You sign up.
- They will work away in the background to get all your donation data from any organisation you donated to. You don’t have to provide any receipts.
- They will claim your rebate with the IRD, keep an eye on the process for you and let you know when the rebate is paid out. The IRD has rules around rebates, so some people may not get a rebate.
- Fund a Future receive your rebate and charge a service fee of 10% (plus GST).
- Depending on where you chose to send your rebate, they will make a new donation on your behalf or send the money to you.
- That’s it – ready to claim next year!
What is the Fund a Future fee?
Fund a Future charge 10% (plus GST) on any rebates.
No rebate. No fee.
How do I know if I can join?
If you’re not sure, the best thing to do is register anyway. If you are not the right fit for the service, they’ll let you know.
The main things that make you eligible to register are:
- You made an eligible donation in the past 4 years (in your personal name, not your company or trust).
- You (personally) have an IRD number and taxable income.
What are eligible donations?
In a nutshell, an eligible donation is a donation over $5 made to an approved donee organisation within the last 4 tax years. Currently that means April 2016-March 2020. To be able to claim, the donation cannot be anonymous, in someone else’s name or cash given through street appeals.
Fund a Future will determine what is eligible so you don’t have to worry about doing your research. The best thing to do is to list the organisations you remember even if you are not sure.
If you have ever used platforms like Everyday Hero or Give a little, don’t forget to add them.
What is an Approved Donee Organisation?
An Approved Donee Organisation is a registered charity, religious organisation or school which is approved by the IRD. This means that donations made to these organisations are eligible for a rebate!
If you are signing up and are unsure if an organisation is an approved donee or not – don’t worry. Fund a Future take care of this analysis for you. Just add all the organisations you support and they will take it from there.
How long does it take?
From signup, it can take a few weeks or longer. The two things that take the longest time tend to be:
Getting donation information from all the organisations you support. This can take days or weeks depending on the type of organisation and the systems they use.
The IRD’s process can take up to 12 weeks. They’ve found that if you are an employee, the process is faster than if you do your own taxes.
Because of these things, they are not able to put in urgent requests and Fund a Future have to be understanding of all the organisations they work with to provide thier service.
When should I expect to receive a payment?
Fund a Future make payments around the 20th of each month. You can expect to receive payments around that time as long as they have the full expected rebate in the Fund a Future bank account and all the banking details they require. They always keep you updated so keep an eye on your email.
If you don’t receive payments within the expected timeframes, get in touch with them! They would be happy to look into it.
What kind of Information does Fund a Future need?
Firstly, you don’t need to dig up your receipts. They will reach out to the organisations you donated to and do that for you.
All they need is the information requested at signup. This includes your contact details, the organisations you donated to and what you intend to do with the rebate. They also ask for information that helps them to verify your identity.
The great thing is that once you do this process once, you won’t have to do it for a VERY long time.
What if I have an accountant?
If you have an accountant, this means that authorising them to be your tax representative will not affect anything your accountant (tax agent) does for you. Tax representatives and tax agents can co-exist on IRD accounts.
Fund a Future is the first company to register as a tax representative with the IRD. This is a really unique feature as they don’t know any other NZ company that can do that!
Also note that Fund a Future only gets access to your donation tax credit account – nothing else.
What if I ask Fund a Future to claim a donation tax rebate I claimed before?
There is a two step verification that takes place to make sure there is no ‘double-dipping’. Firstly, they have checks in place to make sure they do not repeat a claim. Secondly, the IRD is very careful about this too. IRD do further checks before verifying payments.
What happens if I already claimed some of my donation tax rebates but not all?
Sometimes you may forget. That is what they are here for. You provide the names of the organisations you donated to and they only claim the ones that haven’t been claimed.
Why does Fund a Future need my ID and IRD number?
The reason they collect this information is to comply with IRD and AML requirements. Without it, they can’t provide the Fund a Future service.
What if I want to keep some of my rebates?
You decide how the rebate is allocated based on category (charities, religious organisations and schools).
If you decide to donate your rebate, it can have a bigger impact than you think. For example, if you donated $100 and they help you upcycle your rebate each year, it creates a positive snowball effect that can increase your $100 up to $144 without doing anything at all.
Donating your rebate is the best way to make your donations go a little further.
I claimed through Fund a Future. What happens next?
As long as you don’t revoke your authority with Fund a Future, you will not have to sign up again. They will continue to claim for you every year without you doing anything extra.