From 6 April 2016, the overall tax cost of this arrangement is set to rise. From 6 April 2016, the first £5,000 of dividend income is tax free, but any additional dividends, will be taxed at:
- 7.5% if the dividends form part of your basic rate band
- 32.5% if the dividend forms part of your higher rate band, and
- 38.1% if the dividend forms part of your additional rate band.
In practice, this will mean that any person in receipt of significant dividends will be likely to pay more tax.