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Budget 2013: Changes to franking credit benefits

Various measures have been introduced by the Government to close the loophole that enables sophisticated investors to engage in double claiming from franking credits.

Under the proposed changes that are due to come into effect from 1 July 2013, the Government will ensure that when an investor sells shares ‘ex-dividend’, and then immediately buys equivalent shares which still carry the dividend entitlement (known as ‘cum-dividend’ shares), the investor will only be able to claim one set of franking credits.  The investor will not be able to claim franking credits otherwise available in respect of one of the two dividend entitlements.

The proposed changes will focus on tightening the 45 day ‘holding period rules’, and on the basis of these changes will not affect small investors with annual franking credit entitlements that do not exceed $5,000.

Posted on 15 May '13 by , under General News.

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