Tax Tips for Company Directors

There are different methods by which the director of a company can withdraw payment without owing more tax than is necessary. Below are some tips that will hopefully help you to achieve this.

Preserve Employment Allowance

From 2016/17, companies where the director is the sole employee will be unable to claim The Employment Allowance. Unfortunately, it is not enough to appoint another director, despite the company then no longer being a single-company. The regulations dictate that earnings need to be paid to another employee at the company who is not a director.

In order to preserve your EA, there are two options you can use. You could choose to resign as the sole director whilst remaining as an employee, and appoint a new director (this could be a spouse or family member). Alternatively, you could employ another individual, so that there is more than one earner.

Whether this option is going to be financially beneficial can only be determined on an individual basis, however it is definitely something to consider.

Executive Pension Scheme

The general rule of pensions is that you receive tax relief each year for the contribution you make into the scheme. The main incentive is the income tax relief on ‘net relevant earning’ yet, for many directors, they draw the minimum salary – making the pension unworkable as dividends are not counted.

One way to overcome this problem is to establish a ‘Director’s Pension’. The company will make contributions on the behalf of the director, with the payments being considered business expenses.


A bonus is subject to income tax and Employees NIC for the recipient, as well as Employer’s NIC for the company. It is tax deductible in the corporation tax calculation of the company – saving 20% of corporation tax. In order for the bonus to be tax deductible, it must be paid within 9 months of the year end of the accounts it relates to.

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-  The KFS Group Blog Team