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Company dividends and taxes in the UK

  • Steve Bond


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Nuffield College, Oxford)

  • Lucy Chennells
  • Michael Devereux


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Oxford)

The tax treatment of company dividend payments is an area where corporate taxation interacts with the personal income tax. This interaction raises some awkward issues, such as whether shareholders who are exempt from personal income tax should also be exempt from corporation tax, and if so, then how this can be achieved. The solutions adopted are often complex and certainly diverse, as witnessed by the range of different approaches used in the OECD countries, described in OECD (1991).

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Volume (Year): 16 (1995)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 1-18

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:16:y:1995:i:3:p:1-18
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