Tax Tip

Dividend paperwork is important.

There should be a board minute each time dividends are approved as well as a tax voucher for each shareholder.

In small owner managed businesses it is common to run a DLA (director’s loan account) throughout the year and to clear it with a single large dividend at the end of the year. With MTD coming in this will need to be done quarterly.

Before declaring any dividend the board must ensure that the company will still be solvent after the dividends have been declared. It is hard to do this without some sort of management accounts or financial review so keep a record of these too.

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