Dividends: Franked v Unfranked

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One common area of confusion seems to be the difference between franked dividends and unfranked dividends.

What is a dividend?

A dividend is the part of a company’s profit which is distributed to shareholders. If you own shares in a public company, you probably have dividend income to declare.

What does it mean by ‘franked’?

The franked portion of your dividend has already been taxed; the company has already paid tax on this profit at the 30% company tax rate. The good news for you is that you can claim an imputation credit of 30% of the franked amount (that way, the ATO is not double-dipping).

What about ‘unfranked’?

The unfranked portion of dividends has not yet been taxed. This is treated the same as any other revenue, ie. it becomes a part of your taxable income.

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  1. hi Christie,

    Can you please let me know the accounting treatment for unfranked dividend if company pays unfranked dividend (ie. Unfranked dividend payment to parent company for the amount of $ 100,000)?
    what are the other Debit and Credit accounts related to this particular transaction apart from below ledgers for taxation purposes?
    DR Dividend Account $ 100,000
    CR Bank $ 100,000


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