Dividend Tax - An “interesting” opportunity

11th April 2016

With the introduction of the new 7.5% tax on dividends coming into effect from 6 April 2016, now is the time for the most tax efficient method of remuneration to be reconsidered.

Previously the most tax efficient method of remuneration was to pay a salary of circa £8,000 and dividends of £30,000, which kept you within the basic rate of tax and resulted in no personal tax liability.

From 6 April 2016 a salary of £8,000 per annum and dividends of £30,000 there would be a personal tax liability of £1,650 per annum.

In addition to the changes to tax on dividends, the government have announced the new Personal Savings Allowance, allowing basic rate tax payers to earn up to £1,000 of interest tax free. This allowance is on top of the £5,000 0% starting rate limit for savings income.

So, let’s assume a director currently has £50,000 in an ISA earning 1% interest (£500 per annum). The director could potentially lend this to the company for an interest rate of say 10% (£5,000 per annum). As a result, the director could reduce the dividends they draw by £5,000 and replace this with interest of £5,000. The director would save personal tax at 7.5% on the £5,000 (being £375) and the company would save corporation tax on the interest paid at 20% (being £1,000). This creates a net saving of £875 per annum, after deducting the £500 of interest you won’t receive on your ISA.

You must be able to justify that the company had a requirement to borrow the money and that the rate of interest charged is at market rate.

Luke Thomas | Brighton Accountants 

If you would like to discuss this or other potential methods for mitigating the effects of the dividend tax, please get in touch on 01273 701200 or info@plusaccounting.co.uk

 

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