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Family Trust shareholder – pay dividends now?

February 21, 2024

If your company shares are owned by your family trust, consider paying the maximum possible dividend before 31 March 2024. The income tax rate in the family trust will probably be increasing to 39% from 1 April 2024. Therefore, any dividend declared from that date onwards is going to incur an extra six cents in the dollar of tax. The law has not yet been passed, however the IRD recently released guidelines on what might constitute tax avoidance in terms of the trust rate moving to 39% so it would seem it is likely to happen.

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