The tax you pay on dividends increased by 1.25 percentage points from 6 April 2022; these higher rates will remain in place for 2023/24.

The dividend allowance will be cut from £2,000 to £1,000 on 6 April 2023 and cut again to £500 in April 2024. You pay zero tax on dividends which fall within that allowance. Any additional dividends are charged to tax at a rate dependent on which tax band they fall into (see table below).

Where different shareholders in your company hold slightly different classes of shares, the dividends paid out can be tailored to the shareholder’s needs.

The company needs to have sufficient retained profits to extract as dividends and you should first check that the cash is not needed for other purposes, such as paying tax bills or investment in plant.

We can calculate how much you can extract from your company as dividends in 2022/23, without pushing you into higher tax bands.

Dividends falling within: Rate charged
Basic rate band 8.75%
Higher rate band 33.75%
Top rate band 39.35%