Confirmation of donation (donation receipt)

Service Description

Contributions (donations and membership fees) can only be taken into account for tax purposes as special expenses if the donor provides evidence of them in the form of a donation receipt. For membership contributions to certain recipients (e.g. sports clubs, allotment garden clubs, animal breeding clubs, carnival clubs, clubs for the preservation of local history and heritage, cultural clubs primarily for leisure activities), the deduction of special expenses is excluded by law.

The donation receipt is issued by the recipient of the donation. The recipient of the donation must issue the donation confirmation in accordance with the officially prescribed model. The donation receipt must not exceed one DIN A4 page and must be signed by an authorized signatory of the recipient of the donation.

The binding models for donation confirmations were published in a BMF letter dated November 7, 2013 (BStBl I p. 1333), supplemented by a BMF letter dated March 26, 2014 (BStBl I p. 791).

Sample donation receipts are available for the following donations:

  • Cash benefits to domestic legal entities under public law or domestic public service organizations.
  • Donations in kind to domestic legal entities under public law or domestic public offices
  • Cash benefits/membership contributions to a corporation, association of persons or estate within the meaning of Section 5 (1) No. 9 of the German Corporation Tax Act (KStG)
  • Non-cash benefits to a corporation, association of persons or fund within the meaning of Section 5 (1) No. 9 of the Corporation Tax Act (KStG)
  • Monetary contributions/membership fees to political parties within the meaning of the Political Parties Act (Parteiengesetz)
  • Contributions in kind to political parties within the meaning of the Political Parties Act
  • Monetary contributions/membership fees to independent voters' associations
  • Non-cash contributions to independent voter associations
  • Cash contributions to domestic foundations under public law
  • In-kind contributions to domestic foundations under public law
  • Cash contributions to domestic foundations under private law
  • In-kind contributions to domestic foundations under private law
  • Collective confirmation of cash donations/membership contributions to a corporation, association of persons, or estate within the meaning of Section 5 (1) No. 9 of the German Corporation Tax Act (KStG)
  • Collective confirmation of monetary donations/membership contributions to political parties within the meaning of the Political Parties Act (Parteiengesetz)
  • Collective confirmation of monetary donations/membership contributions to independent voters' associations
  • Collective confirmation of cash donations to domestic foundations under public law
  • Collective confirmation of monetary donations to domestic foundations under private law

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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