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  • Introduction

    Attention

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    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    This publication is written primarily for people who hold shares as an investment. While much of the information also applies to people who carry on a business of trading in shares, it does not deal with the specific taxation treatment of shares held as trading stock, or with the profits or losses arising from the disposal of such shares. If you need further advice on these aspects of owning shares, contact your professional adviser or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    The publication will help you understand the taxation implications of owning company shares. It covers how dividends received by Australian resident and non-resident individuals are taxed and the types of expenses that may be claimed as deductions against dividend income. If you acquired shares after 19 September 1985 capital gains tax may apply when you dispose of them. For more information see the publication Guide to Capital Gains Tax.

    Last modified: 23 Dec 2019QC 16138