As announced in the budget on 8th July 2015 changes to the way dividends are taxed will be introduced from 6 April 2016.
The old system of the dividend tax credit will be abolished and there will be the introduction of a new dividend tax allowance of £5,000 a year. The new rates of tax on dividends above the allowance will be 7.5% for basic rate taxpayers, 32.5% for higher rate taxpayers and 38.1% for additional rate taxpayers.
This change obviously has an impact on owner managed limited companies where dividends are used as part of remuneration. We will therefore need to look at each case individually to assess the impact and advise how this may be reduced.