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  • 1. Non-assessable payments from a company to a shareholder

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    Non-assessable payments to shareholders are sometimes called a return of capital and are not very common (although companies such as BHP and Amcor have made recent non assessable payments-see appendix 2). If you received a payment from a company in respect of your shares and it was not a dividend, you deduct the amount of the payment from both the cost base and the reduced cost base of your shares.

    If the non-assessable payment is greater than the cost base of your shares, you include the excess as a capital gain. You can use the indexation method if you bought the shares before 21 September 1999.

    Last modified: 06 Oct 2009QC 16182