Expat Chat Ep 61 – How Are Dividends Treated For Australian Expats?

Expat Chat Episode 61 – How Are Dividends Treated For Australian Expats?


Welcome to the sixty first episode of #Expatchat where we discuss the latest tax and financial issues affecting an #Australianexpat.

In today’s Expat Chat we discuss how dividends are treated for those Australian expats who receive them as a non-resident for tax purposes.

Share ownership by investors has grown dramatically over the last 20 years however there is a difference when you hold shares as a tax resident of Australia versus as a non-tax resident.

Your country of residence will also affect how much non-resident withholding tax you may be liable to pay.

Share ownership as a non-resident can be a very powerful wealth creation tool for Australian expats as they are treated as non-taxable property and don’t accrue capital gains tax (CGT).

However you need to construct your portfolio with a international mindset to not only maximise dividend income but also franking credits which are invaluable to Australian expats.

Discussion Points on Todays Podcast Episode


In this episode we run through the following topics:

  • How do franking credits work for Australian expats?

  • When a Australian expat receives a dividend are there any income taxes?

  • Why does the country that I reside in determine the tax rate?

Links that we discussed in this episode include:

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