Summary of Key Points
- The July 2015 Budget highlighted a new dividend tax from 6 April 2016.
- Take care that dividends in your company are properly declared and documented.
- The first £1,000 of dividend income in 2023-24 has 0% tax.
- For basic rate taxpayers, the dividend rate will then be 8.75%.
- The rates in the higher and top bands will be 33.75% and 39.35%.
Dividends in tax sheltered wrappers such as pensions and ISAs do not count towards the dividend tax.
Take care over declaring dividends
Because of the new tax, it is now more important than ever to ensure that dividends are properly declared and documented. For example, a dividend declared on 5 April 2023 counts towards tax year 2022-23.
But if that dividend is declared on 6 April 2023 it then falls within 2023-24. It is not hard to come up with a scenario where the 5 April 2023 dividend is at 0% or 8.75%, but the 6 April 2023 one is at 33.75% or 39.35%. So getting this stuff right can save shareholders a hefty amount of tax!