• What is a refund of imputation credits?

    What is an imputation/franking credit?

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    When you own shares or non-share equity interests in a company, or invest in a managed fund you may get dividend distributions.

    Dividends paid to shareholders by Australian companies are taxed under a system known as imputation. It is called an imputation system because the tax paid by the company is allocated (or imputed) to shareholders by way of imputation/franking credits attached to the dividends they receive.

    Note: Imputation credits are also known as franking credits.

    When is an imputation credit refunded to me?

    If the imputation/franking credits you receive exceed the tax you have to pay you claim this difference back as a tax refund. This is what is known as the refund of excess imputation/franking credits. You may be entitled to a refund of the full amount of imputation/franking credits received, even if you don't normally lodge a tax return.

    The 2003 application for refund of imputation/franking credits for individuals (PDF, 60KB) is available for download.

    Last modified: 22 Jun 2004QC 16834