TB continues to not be tax-deductible in Germany (or everywhere except the US)

Philipp Kewisch kewisch at thunderbird.net
Mon Sep 3 20:21:50 UTC 2018

Hi Harry,

for us to be tax-deductible in Germany, there needs to be a German
entity that could apply for public benefit. Setting this up and
subsequently managing it is not trivial. We are however working on this
subject, and while it may still take a bit we hope to be able to provide
this perk in the future.

Thanks for collecting the information though!


On 9/3/18 8:44 PM, harry wrote:
> TB continues to not be tax-deductible in Germany (or everywhere except
> the US) -
> I am convinced that this means for TB to loose a lot of money from
> potential donors.
> Is it really so hard /difficult to become eligible for tax-deduction ?
> The way to go for TB is probably to apply for "Gemeinnützigkeit" (for
> DE that is)
> https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemeinn%C3%BCtzigkeit#Deutschland
> You probably wouldn't have much trouble with the donation receipts for
> tax-deduction ("Spendenbescheinigungen") if you do it like the people
> from LibreOffice
> https://de.libreoffice.org/donate/
> "Einen *vereinfachten Zuwendungsnachweis* nach § 50 Abs. 2 Nr. 2 b
> EStDV können Sie hier *herunterladen*. Damit sparen Sie uns Arbeit und
> Porto, welches stattdessen unserer Projektarbeit zugute kommen kann.
> Für Beträge über 200 €, oder falls Sie dennoch eine
> Spendenbescheinigung wünschen, senden uns bitte eine E-Mail an
> treasurer at documentfoundation.org"
> (same in English)
> https://blog.documentfoundation.org/donations-questions-answers/
> "Also, donation confirmations take a significant amount of time and
> work we would rather use for your project activities. In case your
> donation is below € 200, we kindly ask you to download the simplified
> donation receipt – in German – from the following link:
> https://tdf.io/zuwendungsnachweis."
> https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/
> "Donations to The Document Foundation are*tax-deductible in several
> countries*. Please refer to your local tax office for details."
> (My comment:  maybe TDF would provide info for which countries this
> applies and how they managed to get this)
> And some news .. not brand-new, but still interesting ...
> *New LibreOffice release sparks record donations to Document
> Foundation* --     Feb 13, 2017
> https://www.networkworld.com/article/3167890/open-source-tools/new-libreoffice-release-sparks-record-donations-to-document-foundation.html
> Harry
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