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A Few Snags Holding Up Dividend Tax

29 March 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Julius Cobbett
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A Few Snags Holding Up Dividend Tax

In 2008, Treasury announced that secondary tax on companies (STC) would be replaced with a dividend tax, in line with global norms.The process was designed to take place over a few years in order to fully test the legislation against public comment before implementation.

In the 2010 Budget,Treasury announced that most issues around the implementation of dividend tax have been resolved. However, a"number of smaller issues” remain,which include
• Required changes to the current and the proposed definition of what constitutes a dividend. For example, a new definition for what constitutes a foreign dividend is required, and"certain defects” within the current definition for STC need remedying.
• "Transitional issues” between the current and proposed regimes.
• Practical problems relating to in specie dividends.
• Further refinements to the proposed withholding system,where companies would pay dividend tax on the shareholders behalf.For many investors, the introduction of dividend tax will go barely unnoticed, because it will be paid on their behalf and is unlikely to negatively affect their investment income.

Source: By Julius Cobbett (Tax Breaks)


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