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Interim or final dividend?

Posted on December 9th, by Helen in business advice, Finance, Profit. Comments Off

Does it matter whether the dividend is final or interim if the tax treatment is the same? Dividends are used by many business owners as a tax-efficient way to extract profit from a company. So it is important to understand the procedure for paying them.

The Companies Act 2006

It isn’t HMRC that makes the distinction between the two dividend types, but company law. The Companies Act 2006 says “The company may by ordinary resolution declare dividends, and the directors may decide to pay interim dividends”

So one group of people, the directors,may pay interim dividends, but shareholder approval must be obtained before a final dividend is paid.

So why is HMRC interested?

HMRC doesn’t particularly care which type of dividend is
paid. It is interested in whether the payment is really a dividend or whether
it was salary a bonus or a loan payment. As … Read More »