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The dividend statement

Last updated 26 July 2004

If an Australian company pays or credits you a dividend, or a non-share dividend, the company should also send you a statement advising:

  • the amount of the dividend that is unfranked
  • the amount of the dividend that is franked
  • the amount of imputation/ franking credit
  • the amount of tax file number (TFN) withholding tax withheld if you have not quoted your TFN to the company.


On 15 February 2003, an Australian resident company, COALS TYER Ltd, paid John Citizen, a resident individual, a fully franked dividend of $700 and an unfranked dividend of $200. John received the dividend statement from COALS TYER Ltd shown below.

Coals Tyer Limited 
ABN 00000 000 000
Shareholder dividend statement
Notification of 2002 final dividend - paid 15 February 2003
Security description: Ordinary shares
No. of shares: 6,400
Unfranked amount: $200
Franked amount: $700
Franking credit: $300
TFN amount: nil
Net dividend: $900
Please note that your tax file number has been received and recorded.
Please retain this advice for taxation purposes as a charge may be levied for a replacement.
Please advise promptly in writing of any change of address.

End of example

We will follow the COALS TYER example through the next few sections of this document to see what John needs to do with the information.


John's assessable income for 2002-03 in respect of the dividend is:

Amount of franked dividend


Imputation/ franking credit


Unfranked dividend


Total assessable dividend income



End of example

If these were the only dividends John was paid or credited for the income year, he can transfer these amounts directly to item 11 on his 2002-03 tax return.