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Our Guide to Limited Company Dividends

Guide to Company Dividends

New UK tax rules for Dividend Tax have been introduced from the Income Tax Year 2016/17 onwards. In particular the 10% 'tax credit' aspect of Dividends has been removed and new Dividend Tax rates and bands have been introduced.

Our web page in the Tax section explains the new Dividend Tax calculation:
New UK Dividend Tax Calculation

Dividends are a distribution of Limited Company profits.

Summary Points:

• Dividends are a distribution of profits
• Dividends can only be distributed from retained profits
• Dividends cannot be backdated
• Dividends are not expenses
• Dividends are not salaries or wages
• Dividends are not an allowable deduction which reduces Corporation Tax
• Dividends should be approved and recorded by the Director(s)
• A Dividend Confirmation (aka Voucher) is required

Dividends and Income Tax

A new UK Dividend Tax system commences from Income Tax year 2016/17.

Please visit our web page which describes the old and the new methods:

New UK Dividend Tax Calculation

Dividends and Corporation Tax

Dividends are not an allowable deduction (as an Expense) in the calculation of Corporation Tax.

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