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As a non-profit organisation, you may be eligible for certain tax breaks.

Make giving more attractive

If you are an approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act, your donors can claim a tax deduction on any donations of goods or money they make to you.

As an approved PBO with Section 18A tax exemption status, you must:

  • Issue donors with 18A Tax Receipts detailing their donation.
  • Use the donations that you have issued tax receipts for solely to carry out your organisation's Public Benefit Activities.
  • Ring-fence your Public Benefit Activities and get them certified by an auditor.
  • Ensure your Public Benefit Activities take place in South Africa.

GreaterGood SA makes it easy for donors to give tax-efficiently. If you are 18A approved, we will put a Save on tax icon on your Cause Space and issue donors with 18A tax receipts for donations to your cause through our website.

To find out more about becoming 18A approved visit www.sars.gov.za.

GreaterGood Tip: send us proof of your 18A approval status so that we can add a Save on Tax icon to your Cause Space.

Tax exemption status for your organisation

Non profit organisations should register as a Public Benefit Organisation and specifically apply for tax exemption in terms of section 10(1)(cA)(i) of the Income Tax Act. This means that you do not have to pay income tax on donations received.

To qualify as a tax-exempt Public Benefit Organisation (PBO):

  • You must be a Section 21 company or a Trust registered with the Master of the High court or a voluntary association of persons governed by a constitution.
  • The sole object of your organisation must be to carry on one or more Public Benefit Activities as detailed in the Ninth Schedule to the Income Tax Act.
  • Your activities must be carried on in a non-profit manner and with an altruistic or philanthropic intent.
  • Your activities must be carried on for the benefit of the general public in South Africa.

As a tax-exempt PBO, you are also exempt from:

  • Donations tax
  • Estate duty
  • Transfer duty
  • Stamp Duty
  • Skills Development Levy
  • Capital Gains Tax

For details on how to apply for Section 10(1)(cA)(i) or Section 18A approval visit the tax exemption unit page at www.sars.gov.za.