Charitable Tax Credit

Reduce your taxable income and help a good cause or your favourite charity.

Alberta has one of the highest charitable tax credits in Canada. For every dollar you donate over $200 total*, you can receive a non-refundable** tax credit of 50%. The amount of your charitable tax credit depends on the total value of your personal donations during the year.

When you make a donation to a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity, you receive an official income tax receipt. Each individual donation receives a separate receipt. Keep all receipts to claim your tax credit on your personal income tax return. Detailed instructions are provided with your income tax return forms.

How the Tax Credit Works

Total Annual Donations*

   

Alberta

   

Federal

   

Total Tax Credit**

$500.00

 

$83.00

 

$117.00

 

$200.00

$1,000.00

 

$188.00

 

$262.00

 

$450.00

$2,000.00

 

$398.00

 

$552.00

 

$950.00

$5,000.00

 

$1,028.00

 

$1,422.00

 

$2,450.00

$10,000.00

 

$2,078.00

 

$2,872.00

 

$4,950.00

$25,000.00

 

$5,228.00

 

$7,222.00

 

$12,450.00

Note: this tax credit percentage applies to Alberta taxpayers only.

*Total Donations over $200 for the year.
**The charitable tax credit is non-refundable, which means you must be a taxpayer to benefit from the tax credit.

Calculate Your Charitable Tax Credit

  1. Gather all your official charitable donation tax receipts and add them up. Follow the example below to learn how to calculate your tax credit.
    • Add the $100 you gave to a youth shelter
    • Add the $50 you gave to a local food bank
    • Add the $350 you gave to a health organization
    • Equals $500 in total annual donations
  2. Provincial tax credit:
    • On the first $200, the tax credit rate is 10%, yielding a credit of $20.
    • On the amount over $200 ($300 from the example above), the tax credit rate is 21%. This would yield a credit of $63.
    • When you add $20 + $63, your total provincial charitable tax credit is $83.
  3. Federal tax credit:
    • On the first $200, the tax credit rate is 15%, yielding a credit of $30.
    • On the amount over $200 ($300 from the example above), the tax credit rate is 29%. This would yield a credit of $87.
    • When you add $30 + $87, your total federal charitable tax credit is $117.
  4. Your total combined provincial and federal tax credit is $83 + $117 = $200.
Last reviewed/revised: July 17, 2015
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