Tax payers that donate qualify for a tax deduction

Not everyone knows that if you have donated an amount to a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and you are a tax payer then you qualify for a tax deduction.

 As an approved PBO Rape Crisis has the privilege and responsibility of spending public funds, which we derive from donations and from grants. In order to maintain our registration as a PBO we must of course ensure that we continue to comply with relevant legislation throughout our existence. Our annual income tax return enables the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to assess whether we are operating within the prescribed limits of the approval we have been granted.

 Rape Crisis plays a significant role in society as we take a shared responsibility with the South African Government for the social and development needs of rape survivors, their families and people affected by the trauma of someone close to them.

 Since the South African Government has recognised that Rape Crisis is dependent upon the generosity of the public, and, to encourage that generosity, it has provided a tax deduction for any donations made by a taxpayer.

 Having made a bona fide donation in cash or of property in kind to Rape Crisis as a Section 18A – approved organisation, you are entitled to a deduction from your taxable income if the donation is supported by the necessary section 18A receipt issued by our finance and administration manager.

 Should you have made a donation to us and you require an 18A certificate or receipt please write to Charlene Whittern on charlene@rapecrisis.org.za and include the following details:

  • Your name and surname
  • Your physical address
  • The amount you donated (or the value of the in kind goods you donated)
  • The date on which you sent the donation

She will then confirm your donation and send you the certificate via email as an attachment.

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Rape Crisis Finance Manager, Charlene Whittern, hard at work sending 18A certificates to donors.

Should you still wish to donate to Rape Crisis before the end of the financial year and thus qualify for a tax deduction please click here. You will be part of the work we do seeking justice for rape survivors, supporting their recovery and making sure the very same government you pay your taxes to rolls out ten new specialised sexual offences courts for hearing rape cases every year.

 Thank you for everything you have done to help us make sure that rape survivors make their own journey, in their own way and at their own pace towards recovery or along the road to justice, and for making sure that our government shares the responsibility for supporting them on that journey with us.

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We have a vision of a South Africa in which rape survivors suffer no secondary trauma, and are supported throughout their interaction with the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Our mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence. Rape Crisis Cape Town seeks to achieve its mission through counselling and training of women, thereby reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, and encouraging reporting of rape and the conviction of rapists.

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