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Small business owners to be caught by Labor’s tax policy

By mbrownlee
June 29 2018
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Labor’s proposal to disallow cash franking credit refunds for certain retirees will also impact the retirement plans of many small business owners, according to a lobby group.

The Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System, which was formed to oppose Labor’s franking credit proposal, has highlighted that the policy could impact many small business owners.

Alliance spokesperson Professor Deborah Ralston said small business owners who have invested equity in their company and rely on dividends to fund their retirement may be surprised to find a significant fall in income.


A case study conducted by the Alliance, found that some small business owners could lose up to one-third of their retirement income if Labor’s policy is introduced as a result of the impact on dividends and franking credits.

The Alliance is also exploring options to fix problems with the existing superannuation taxation, age pension means testing and broader retirement income systems.

“In addition to the six original members, three more national associations have recently joined the Alliance including the Association of Independent Retirees, Australian Investors Association and the Association of Financial Advisers.”

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: miranda.brownlee@momentummedia.com.au