Businesses who pay dividends to shareholders with tax credits attached pay more tax, new research finds.
Labor has capitulated to pressure to exempt pensioners from its plan to end cash refunds for dividend imputation credits.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Lawrence Pratchett about this weekend's elections.
Labor sources are talking down the chances of Ged Kearney in Batman, though the party is not writing off the seat.
Scrapping cash refunds on dividends could make the tax system fairer. But super funds could invest less in Australian companies.
Before we consider scrapping dividend imputation it's essential we consider the alternatives.
If our dividend imputation system makes it unattractive for non-resident investors in Australian companies, why not extend tax offsets on franked dividends to them?