Schedule 9 is used to claim your donations and gifts. It calculates your charitable donations or gifts reported from information slips and official receipts that you can then claim as a donation or gift tax credit. Donations and gifts are non-refundable tax credits, meaning you can only use them to reduce your tax payable to zero. You can carry-forward unused donations for five years; however, donation and gift taxes can only be claimed once.
Eligible donations may be made to registered charities, government bodies, and prescribed universities outside of Canada. They can be money, property, land, shares, stocks or cultural gifts. Political campaign contributions are not claimed on the Schedule 9, but are eligible for a separate credit on the Schedule 1.