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Discussion Paper: Improving the Taxation Treatment of Off-Market Share Buybacks


Monday, 1 June 2009

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On 12 May 2009 the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, announced that the Government will implement the recommendations made by the Board of Taxation to improve the taxation treatment of off-market share buybacks. The Assistant Treasurer indicated that the Government would undertake consultation on the design of the amendments and that, initially, Treasury would release a consultation paper.

This discussion paper forms the basis for consultation on the design of this proposal and sets out the way it may be implemented. The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the design of the proposal.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the discussion paper. While submissions may be lodged electronically, by post or by facsimile, electronic lodgment is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence.  Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose.  Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.  A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Commonwealth) for a submission marked 'confidential' to be made available will be determined in accordance with that Act.

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 10 July 2009

Address written submissions to:
The Manager
Company Tax Unit
Business Tax Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent

Fax: (02) 6263 4466

Email:  companytax@treasury.gov.au

For enquiries, please call Tony Regan on (02) 6263 3334.

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