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How do franking credits work?

Posted on February 17, 2016 by admin

Franking credits are a kind of tax credit that allows Australian companies to pass on the tax paid at company level to shareholders.

Franking credits can reduce the income tax paid on dividends or potentially be received as a tax refund.

Where a company distributes fully franked dividends (and those dividends are included in the taxable income of the taxpayer) the taxpayer can claim a credit against their taxable income for the tax that has already been paid by the company from which the dividend was paid.

For example, an individual who owns shares in a company receives a fully franked dividend of $700 from the company. The dividend statement says that there is a franking credit of $300 (the tax the company has already paid). This means the dividend would have been $1,000 ($700 + $300) before company tax was deducted.

At the end of the financial year, the individual must declare $1,000 (the $700 dividend + the $300 franking credit) in their taxable income.

If the individual’s marginal tax rate was 15 per cent, they would have to pay $150 tax on the dividend. But because the company has already paid $300 in tax, the individual receives a refund of the difference, which is $150.

If the individual was in a higher tax bracket, they may not have been entitled to a refund of any of the franking credit, and may even have had to pay additional tax. However, if they are a low-income earner, it is possible to be refunded the full amount of the franking credit.

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When do you have to pay tax on shares?

Posted on February 20, 2020 by admin

Investing in shares is a popular method of growing your wealth, however, there are tax obligations you need to be aware of to get an accurate sense of how much you’ll need to put aside for your investments.

When you own shares, you need to declare all your dividend income on your tax return. It is possible to claim tax deductions for certain expenses you pay to receive income from your shares. The deductions you are eligible for will depend on if you are carrying on a business of share trading or if you are an individual share investor, but they can include:

Individual share investors cannot claim a deduction for the cost of acquiring shares, such as costs for brokerage and stamp duty, however, they can claim deductions on the prepayment of expenses related to the shares such as internet fees or seminars.

Buying and selling shares can involve capital gains tax (CGT), depending on whether you make a capital gain or a capital loss on your shares. Your capital gains or loss is the difference between the price you paid for the shares and the price you sell them for. If you end up selling your shares for more than you paid for them, then you make a capital gain which may be taxed.

How much CGT you need to pay varies depending on:

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