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Dividends declared or paid in tax year to 5th April 2012

Basic question I know but can someone confirm something for me please.

As we are approaching the tax year end, for my clients that have Limited companies where relevant, I am looking at their profits to date, seeing what dividends have been paid to date and where profits permit suggesting what additional amount of dividends may be paid to them to use up their their basic rate allowance. Would that additional dividend actually need to be paid to the shareholders before 5th April 2012 for it to qualify as being in this tax year?

Thank you in advance for any comments.


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15th Mar 2012 12:50

Obvious answer is...


Shareholder's could then lend the money back to the company and draw it when they want to...

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