Dividend credit refunds distort economic system

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 19 & 26 : 24-Jan-19

Professor Kevin Davis from the University of Melbourne has expressed support for Labor’s plan to abolish cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits. He says that dividend imputation was intended to prevent the double taxation of corporate profits, and providing franking credit refunds for investors who do not pay tax has resulted in a "significant economic distortion". Meanwhile, the University of Sydney’s Andrew Ainsworth says retail investors may be engaging in short-term trading to receive franking credit refunds.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE, GRATTAN INSTITUTE, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

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