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ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2002/801 (Withdrawn)

Income Tax
Withholding tax on dividends paid by a Pooled Development Fund

Attention This ATO ID is withdrawn as the issue it covers is widely understood and may be regarded as straightforward.
Attention This document has changed over time. View its history.
FOI status: may be released
Status of this decision: Decision withdrawn 12 May 2017.

CautionCAUTION: This is an edited and summarised record of a Tax Office decision. This record is not published as a form of advice. It is being made available for your inspection to meet FOI requirements, because it may be used by an officer in making another decision.

This ATOID provides you with the following level of protection:

If you reasonably apply this decision in good faith to your own circumstances (which are not materially different from those described in the decision), and the decision is later found to be incorrect you will not be liable to pay any penalty or interest. However, you will be required to pay any underpaid tax (or repay any over-claimed credit, grant or benefit), provided the time limits under the law allow it. If you do intend to apply this decision to your own circumstances, you will need to ensure that the relevant provisions referred to in the decision have not been amended or repealed. You may wish to obtain further advice from the Tax Office or from a professional adviser.


Issue

Is a Pooled Development Fund (PDF) required to withhold tax in accordance with section 202D of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936) from unfranked or partially franked dividends paid to a shareholder who is a resident of Australia but who has not provided a Tax File Number (TFN)?

Decision

Yes. Section 202D of the ITAA 1936 requires a PDF to withhold tax from unfranked or partially franked dividends paid to a shareholder who is a resident of Australia but who has not provided a TFN, unless the shareholder is exempt from the requirement to quote a TFN.

Facts

The PDF is registered as a public company and is listed with the Australian Stock Exchange. The PDF regularly pays dividends to its shareholders from its profits. The dividends paid are not always fully franked dividends. Partially franked or unfranked dividends are paid in some years.

Reasons for Decision

Section 202D of the ITAA 1936 requires that shareholders of a public company must provide their TFN to the company. Failure to quote a TFN means that, under section 12-140 of Schedule 1 of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA), the company must deduct TFN withholding amounts from any payment of ordinary or statutory income made to the shareholder, unless the shareholder is exempt from the requirement to quote a TFN.

Section 124ZM of the ITAA 1936 provides that unfranked dividends or the unfranked portion of partially franked dividends paid by a PDF are exempt income. However, the fact that unfranked dividends or the unfranked portion of partially franked dividends paid by a PDF are exempt income does not affect the operation of section 12-140 of Schedule 1 of the TAA.

For section 12-140 of Schedule 1 of the TAA to apply, the entity making the payment must be an investment body. As the PDF is a company listed on the stock exchange, it is an investment body within the meaning of section 12-140 of Schedule 1 of the TAA.

In addition, for section 12-140 of Schedule 1 of the TAA to apply, it is necessary that the payment be either ordinary or statutory income. In accordance with section 44 of the ITAA 1936, dividends are statutory income.

Therefore, as the PDF is a public company it will need to deduct TFN withholding amounts from dividends paid to shareholders if a TFN has not been quoted, unless the dividends have been fully franked or the shareholder is exempt from the requirement to quote a TFN.

Amendment History

Date of amendment Part Comment
23 May 2014 Reasons for Decision Remove reference to the repealed section 11-10 of the ITAA 1997
Delete phrase "is a person"
  Legislative References Remove reference to section 11-10 of the ITAA 1997

Date of decision: 1 February 2002

Year of income:Substituted Accounting Period 2004

Legislative References:
Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
   section 124ZM
   section 202D

Taxation Administration Act 1953
   section 12-140 of Schedule 1

Keywords
TFN withholding tax
Exempt income
Pooled development funds
Unfranked dividends
TFN withholding tax investment bodies

Siebel/TDMS Reference Number: DW219818; 1-AFJGN76

Business Line: Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals

Date of publication: 22 August 2002

ISSN: 1445-2782

ATO ID 2002/801 (Withdrawn) history   Top  
   Date   Version 
    1 February 2002   Original statement   
   23 May 2014   Updated statement   
 You are here ®  12 May 2017   Withdrawn   


 


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