How should I pay myself as a Director? – 21/01/2022

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There are a few different ways to be paid as a company director for example by putting yourself on payroll or paying yourself through dividends.

Dividends are paid to shareholders in a business when the company makes a profit. The Dividend Allowance for 2021/2022 is £2,000 meaning you only pay tax when you earnings exceed this amount; basic rate tax band pays 7.5% while the higher rate pays 32.5% and additional rate is 38.1%. This is on top of the 19% Corporation Tax you pay on company profits.

Alternatively, you can put yourself on your company payroll and pay yourself a ‘living wage’ every month which provides a regular stream of income. However, this comes with PAYE Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions although if your monthly pay is less than £737, you do not have to pay NICs.



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