Neils Limited Chartered Accountants Hemel Hempstead Finchley London Tel:01442 24 24 91
Neils LimitedChartered AccountantsHemel HempsteadFinchley LondonTel:01442 24 24 91

7.5% Dividend Tax


The impact of new tax legislation relating to dividend income on owner managed business 

Until now the most tax efficient way of extracting company profits by its director-shareholder was to draw a minimal salary and have the cashflow flexibility to draw dividends as and when required, subject to the availability of profit.

For most owner managed businesses this meant that salary was set at the level of personal allowance of £10,600 (2015/16) or up to the NI threshold of £8,059 (2015/16). Most tax conscious directors reluctant to go into the 40% tax rate typically paid themselves a dividend up to the basic rate tax rate, thus drawing total cash of £35,060 without incurring any personal tax or NIC. 

From 6 April 2016 a new tax will apply  to dividend income . In summary: 
  • the effect of the change is that any distribution of profits over £5k will now be taxed

  • an equivalent scenario of a salary at below tax and NIC thresholds and a dividend up to the basic tax rate, will now cost £1,429 in dividend tax

  • tax free income is reduced from £35,060 in 2015/16 (min salary of 8,060 plus net tax free dividend of £27,000) to only 16,000 in 2016/17 (personal allowance + dividend tax free allowance).

    The legislation changes effectively mean that from 2016/17 the following will apply in an income tax computation: 

  • a 0% band of 5,000 applied to dividend income. This allowance reduces the basic tax rate band, rather than being applied in addition to it  

  • up to basic rate band: 7.5%

  • higher rate: 32.5%

  • additional rate: 38.1%

  • dividend tax credit will no longer apply

  • dividend income  will no longer be grossed by the imputed tax credit

  • The new dividend tax will cost a director-shareholder an additional £1,132 in tax in 2016/17,

    in comparison to what he would have paid in 2015/16.



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