Income tax: imputation of company tax: form approved by Commissioner of Taxation for issue to shareholders receiving dividends for 1994-95 and later franking years
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|Decimal Places on Shareholder Dividend Statement|
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What this Ruling is about
1. This Ruling provides details of revised approved formats for dividend statements that an Australian resident company must provide to shareholders when paying a dividend. The formats are being revised because of proposed changes to the operation of the imputation system.
2. The revised formats for dividend statements will apply in relation to a company's 1994-95 and later franking years. Taxation Ruling IT 2417 sets out details of the format for 1993-94 and earlier franking years and will be superseded by this Ruling.
3. Approval is granted for resident companies to use their own shareholder dividend statement providing it is substantially in accordance with one of the approved forms of the statement set out in the appropriate attachment to this Ruling. Alternatively, the required information may be incorporated in to existing dividend warrants.
4. Requests for approval of any substantial variation of the shareholder dividend statement format should be directed to the Deputy Commissioner at the office at which the company lodges its income tax returns.
Decimal Places on Shareholder Dividend Statement
5. A company will be able to pay a dividend that is both class A and class B franked and/or partially franked. In this event, it is possible that calculation of the percentage between the respective franked amounts and between the franked and unfranked component may run to more than two decimal places. For the purpose of recording the class A and class B franked amounts and the unfranked component, respectively, on the shareholder dividend statement, these calculations may be rounded off to the nearest cent. If there is an FDA amount less than the entire amount of the dividend, it may also be rounded off to the nearest cent.
6. The amount of the class A and class B imputation credits may also be rounded off to the nearest cent. However, these amounts must be calculated having regard to the class A and class B franked amounts of the dividend prior to rounding.
7. The proposed changes to the imputation system with effect from a company's 1994-95 franking year will mean the franked amount of a franked dividend may be made up of two components - a class A and class B franked amount. Broadly, the two classes reflect tax paid at different rates. The class A franked amount will give rise to an imputation credit based on company tax paid at the 39% rate. The class B franked amount will give rise to an imputation credit based on company tax paid at the 33% rate.
8. Under the proposed changes, section 160AQH of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 will require a resident company to give to shareholders, either before or at the time of payment of a dividend, a statement that includes the following details:
- if the dividend is unfranked - a declaration to that effect;
- if the dividend is franked then:
- the class A or class B franked amount, or both, as the case may be;
- the amount remaining after deducting the sum of the class A and class B franked amounts from the amount of the dividends (ie. the unfranked amount);
- if the dividend has been class A franked, the gross-up amount calculated in accordance with subsection 160AQT(1), ie. 39/61 times the class A franked amount (ie. the class A imputation credit);
- if the dividend has been class B franked, the gross-up amount calculated in accordance with subsection 160AQT(1AA), ie. 33/67 times the class B franked amount (ie. the class B imputation credit);
- the sum of the class A and class B imputation credits;
- any amount of withholding tax deducted from the dividend under section 221YL; and
- any other information required on the approved form of the shareholder dividend statement.
- the name of the company paying the dividend;
- the date of payment of the dividend;
- the name of the shareholder; and
- in the case of a franked dividend, whether it is fully franked or partially franked. A dividend is taken to be fully franked if the sum of the class A and class B franked amounts equals the amount of the dividend.
Dividends that include an FDA amount
9.1 From 1 July 1994, a company that has a surplus in its foreign dividend account may pay a dividend that consists of an FDA amount. If the dividend is an unfranked dividend, it may consist wholly or partly of an FDA amount. If the dividend is franked, the FDA amount is limited to the amount of the dividend that has not been franked.
9.2 For a dividend that consists entirely of an FDA amount, a company must specify (in addition to any of the information mentioned at paragraphs 8 and 9 of the Ruling) that the dividend is exempt from Australian withholding tax if it is derived by a non-resident [paragraph 128TD(1)(a)]. See Forms 4 and 7, Attachment B for an approved form of statement.
- the amount of the dividend that is exempt from Australian withholding tax if it is derived by a non-resident;
- the amount, if any, of the dividend that is not exempt from Australian withholding tax if it is derived by a non resident;
- the amount, if any, of withholding tax deducted from the dividend.
For the requirements in relation to an unfranked dividend see Forms 5 and 8, Attachment B for an approved form of statement. For the requirements in relation to a partly franked dividend, see Forms 6 and 9, Attachment B for an approved form of statement. As Forms 5 and 6 show, this information may be incorporated in statement in the approved form required by section 160AQH.
9.4 If the information is not incorporated in a statement in the approved form required by section 160AQH, the statement containing the information required by section 128TD must also contain the following additional information:
- the name of the company paying the dividend;
- the date of payment of the dividend; and
- the name of the shareholder.
Date of effect
Commissioner of Taxation
16 December 1993
Form 1 (Partially franked dividend or general use)
Form 2 (Fully franked dividends only)
Form 3 (Unfranked dividends only)
Form 4 - For unfranked dividends consisting entirely of an FDA amount, only
Form 5 - For unfranked dividends consisting partly of an FDA amount, only
Form 6 - For partially franked dividends or for general use
Form 7 - For unfranked dividends consisting entirely of an FDA amount, only
Form 8 - For unfranked dividends consisting partly of an FDA amount, only
Form 9 - For partially franked dividends or for general use
Form 10 - Additional statement for dividends paid during the transitional period from 1 July 1994 to the date of enactment of the amending legislation
- imputation of company tax
- dividend statement to shareholders