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2008 Standard distribution statement: guidance notes for fund managers

Issued by the Tax Office on 19 May 2008.

Last updated 21 May 2008


The 2008 standard distribution statement is the format recommended by the Tax Office and the Investment and Financial Services Association (IFSA) for disclosure by managed funds of tax information to resident individuals for completion of 2008 tax returns, relevant schedules and other requirements.

The 2008 standard format has been developed to help reduce any confusion experienced by managed fund investors in completing their tax returns. The standardisation of terms and presentation used in trust distribution statements to unit holders should promote clarity and consistency. The work of the Australian Shareholders Association and the Australian Independent Retirees Association in originally helping to develop this agreed format is acknowledged.

The 2008 standard distribution statement has amounts included as examples, which are referred to in the guidance notes that follow the statement.

The 2008 version has had year references and tax return item numbers updated.




capital gains tax


Investment and Financial Services Association

ITAA 1936

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936

ITAA 1997

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997


tax file number


These notes have been prepared to help those involved in the preparation of fund manager distribution statements to understand the basis on which the 2008 standard distribution statement format has been determined, and the rationale behind the various items disclosed on the statement.