Tax on dividends
2. Tax on dividends before 6 April 2016
There were different rules for tax on dividends before 6 April 2016.
Dividend tax rates
The tax you pay depends on which Income Tax bands your dividends are in.
Add your other taxable income to your dividends to work out the band they’re in. You may pay tax at more than one rate.
|Tax band||Effective dividend tax rate|
|Basic rate (and non-taxpayers)||0%|
|Additional rate - dividends paid before April 2013||36.11%|
Work out what you owe
You should have got a dividend voucher. This usually shows:
- the dividend amount
- a ‘tax credit’ - this is one-ninth of the dividend
Work out the tax you owe by multiplying the dividend amount by the effective tax rate. Ignore the tax credit.
How you pay tax
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will tell you what you owe based on what you report and the dividend tax rates.