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Consider making your first donation ever to the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and you could benefit, too. To encourage charitable giving by new donors, the Federal Budget (March 2013) proposes to introduce an increased federal tax credit for a first-time donor* on up to $1,000 of donations. This increased tax credit will add 25% to the current credit. So, for donations of up to $200, there will be a credit of 40%, as opposed to the current 15%, and for donations in excess of $200, there will be a credit of 54%, as opposed to the current 29%. This increased tax credit only applies to cash donations and will be available for donations made on or after the Budget and prior to 2018. In addition, this increased credit may only be claimed in one taxation year.
* A first-time donor is an individual (other than a trust), including their spouse or common-law partner, who has not claimed the donation tax credit in any year after 2007. First-time donor couples may share the increased tax credit.
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