Original article by Simon Benson, Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 14-Mar-18
The Federal Opposition claims that abolishing cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits would primarily affect wealthy individuals and members of self-managed superannuation funds. However, analysis by the Treasury suggests that people whose annual income is less than $A18,200 would be hardest hit, which is estimated to be about 610,000 individuals. In contrast, the reforms would only affect about 5,000 people with annual income of more than $A180,000. Treasurer Scott Morrison has warned that the policy would affect more than a million Australians, including 230,000 pensioners, while the wealthy would continue to gain the full value of their franking credits.
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, FINANCIAL SERVICES CONSUMER POLICY CENTRE INCORPORATED, SMSF ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, CHIFLEY RESEARCH CENTRE