Year End Tax planning – Tax Free Dividend Allowance

Written by Shakeel Butt on 19 February 2018

The dividend rules changed two years ago and as a result the first £5,000 of dividend income in a tax year is free of income tax.  Dividends received over and above the £5,000 are subject to tax at the following tax rate bands:

Within the basic rate        7.5%

Higher rate                       32.5%

Additional rate                  38.1%

The rules have now changed again and from the next tax year 2018/19 (i.e. from 6 April 2018) the £5,000 allowance is to drop to £2000. So this tax year, 2017/18 is the last tax year for the £5,000 tax free allowance.

Tax planning:  if you control your company which has sufficient distributable reserves,  ensure the £5,000 tax free allowance is fully utilised  for all shareholders before 5 April 18.

Within family companies consider restructuring the shareholdings so that multiple tax free dividend allowances can be received.  Obviously planning is required so that you are not caught by HMRC anti avoidance regulations.

If you would like to discuss further please contact Shakeel Butt.  or  0208 545 7624

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