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  • Applying for a refund of franking credits

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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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    Eligible organisations can apply for a refund of franking credits annually. You can apply on the Application for refund of franking credits (NAT 4131).

    In the last week of June of each year, we send a personalised refund application package to your organisation if you applied for and received a refund in the previous financial year.

    Next steps:

    To apply for a refund of franking credits, refer to:

    Paying the refund directly into your account

    Complete the electronic funds transfer (EFT) section of the application form. We will deposit your refund directly into your organisation's Australian bank, credit union or building society account of choice. You will receive your refund faster.

    If you have outstanding tax liabilities

    If your organisation has any outstanding tax liabilities or other debts that are collected by us, the amount of any refund will be offset against those tax liabilities and debts. Any remaining amount will then be refunded to your organisation.

    Limits on claiming refunds

    Rules apply to prevent an eligible organisation from receiving a franking credit on a distribution which is attributable to a franked dividend through another eligible organisation. This ensures you cannot claim multiple tax offsets in respect of the same franked dividend.

    Example: Limits on claiming refunds

    A charitable trust, Charity, is an eligible organisation. It is paid a fully franked dividend of $5,000. Attached to the dividend is a franking credit of $2,575 which Charity claims from ATO. As a consequence of the dividend, Charity makes a distribution of $5,000 to Benevolence, another charitable trust that is an eligible organisation. Benevolence's entitlement to the distribution arose in its capacity as a beneficiary of Charity. Benevolence is not entitled to any franking credit in relation to the distribution from Charity. This means it has no entitlement to a tax offset.

    The following rules also prevent the unintended use of franking credits:

    • specific anti-avoidance rules for eligible organisations
    • franking credit trading rules

    In addition to the above, the general anti-avoidance rules can apply.

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    Your rights

    From 1 July 2013, changes to the tax law mean your claim for (or an amendment of) a tax offset refund will be subject to an income tax assessment.

    These changes apply to franking credits attached to dividend income and attached to the entitlement to franked distributions for the year ended 30 June 2014 onwards.

    The changes also mean your organisation now has objection rights and time limits in which to amend its claims for tax offset refunds (here being a refund of franking credits).

    We cannot amend an assessment if the time limit has passed.

    See also:

    Notices of assessment

    If your organisarion is a:

    • trust or a government entity – we will issue a notice of assessment
    • company – a notice of assessment will be deemed to have been issued at the time the form is lodged.

    If an amendment is made to any original assessment, we will issue a notice of amended assessment.

    A notice of assessment or a notice of amended assessment will include the following information:

    • the amount of your organisation’s taxable or net income (or that the amount is zero)
    • the amount of the tax payable on that taxable or net income (or that the amount is zero)
    • the total of your organisation’s tax offset refunds (or that the amount is zero).
      Last modified: 10 Feb 2017QC 45478