Private individuals and estates can be eligible for tax deductions on donations of €850–500,000 made to a university.
Private individuals and estates can make tax-deductible donations from 1 January 2016
Private individuals and estates can be eligible for tax deductions on donations of €850–500,000 made to a university. The eligibility is valid from 1 January 2016, and the deductions can only apply to income tax. The deductibility of donations is provided for in section 98a of the Income Tax Act and pertains to cash donations made to promote science or art. The donation must be made to a publicly funded university or institution of higher education in the European Economic Area, or to a university fund in conjunction with such an institution. The University discloses information on donations received to the tax authorities at the end of each tax year. The University requires a deed of donation with the donor's personal identity code in order to receive donations.
Read the instructions on the Finnish Tax Administration's website (in Finnish)
Organisations have been eligible for deductible donations since 2008
Communities and organisations are eligible for tax deductions on cash donations of €850–250,000 made to a state within the European Economic Area or a publicly funded university or institution of higher education or a university foundation operating in conjunction with such an institution within the European Economic Area to promote science, art or the preservation of the Finnish cultural heritage. Eligible organisations include listed companies, associations and foundations.
Read the Income Tax Act (in Finnish)
Giving a gift in the US
University of Helsinki collaborates with the organization King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). US residents can make a tax-free donation via KBFUS, as the organization is registered as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.