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Effects of taxation for option writers: an Australian perspective

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Writing an option is a taxable event for Australian investors. This method of taxation penalizes investors who hold open short option positions over the tax year end by accelerating their tax liability relative to the timing of the economic gain from writing options. This paper examines the levels of open interest in the Australian Stock Exchange over the change in financial year to determine whether investors time their transactions to avoid this tax acceleration. The results show that level of open interest is lower in the last month of the financial year after controlling for non-tax determinants of option demand.
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Keywords: C200; Derivatives; G180; K340; Open interest; Options; Taxation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: UQ Business School, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072, Australia

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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