Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
This section sets out special rules for dealing with a dividend (the later dividend ) distributed by a private company if some or all of the later dividend is set off against some or all of an amount taken under this Division to be a dividend previously paid by the company.
Example:109ZC(1A) [ Repayment of certain loans from distributing company]
Some or all of a dividend distributed by a private company to a shareholder might be set off to reduce a loan the company had previously made to the shareholder that was treated as a dividend under Subdivision B.
(a) the private company distributes the later dividend to a shareholder in the company; and
(b) the shareholder applies the amount of the dividend to repay all or part of a loan:
(i) that was obtained from the private company by an associate of the shareholder; and
(ii) in relation to which a dividend was previously taken under this Division to have been paid by the private company.
The amount of the later dividend set off or applied is taken not to be a dividend for the purposes of this Act, except Part
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
(which deals with franking of distributions). However, if the amount set off or applied exceeds the amount of the later dividend that is not either the franked part of that dividend, or the part of that dividend that has been franked with an exempting credit, the excess is still a dividend.
This prevents double taxation by ensuring that the entity's assessable income does not include the amount of the later dividend that is not paid to the entity (except to the extent that that amount is franked).
An amount that is taken not to be a dividend under subsection (2) is not assessable income and is not exempt income.