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How Tax Credits Work

Your donation to United Way of Calgary and Area is eligible for valuable charitable tax credits.

For an annual taxable income of less than $202,800:

  • The first $200 of all your charitable giving entitles you to a tax credit of 25% (10% provincial tax credit and 15% federal tax credit).
  • You are entitled to a tax credit of 50% for all charitable gifts exceeding the initial $200 (21% provincial tax credit and 29% federal tax credit).

If your annual taxable income is more than $202,800 you may be eligible for further tax credits. Please contact a financial advisor for more information.

A tax credit is just one benefit of donating to charity. To see your exact tax credit, visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s tax calculator.

The Chart below demonstrates the tax credits at various giving levels*:

All Taxes 2017

First-Time Donor's Super Credit (FDSC)

 The Government of Canada offers a tax incentive of an additional 25% in tax credits on donations of up to $1,000 for first time donors and donors who haven’t claimed a donation since 2007. You can learn more information about this incentive at

The following diagram demonstrates the FDSC when you donate $1,000 as a first time donor*:

First Time Donor Super Credit 1000 donation

*These examples are based on an annual taxable income of less than $202,800. Please consult a financial advisor to learn more.

Planned Gifts

Planned Gifts can have important implications for your long-term tax, financial, and estate plans. Tax credits claimed on end of life gifts – such as a bequest in your will or naming United Way as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy – can be up to 100% of net income on your final tax return. United Way regularly offers free educational estate planning seminars for donors; ask your relationship manager for information about upcoming seminars. You can also learn more about how a planned gift to United Way can help you maximize personal tax benefits from your financial advisor.