Leave cash in the business in advance of a sale
In the run up to a sale, it may be tax efficient to minimise the amount of cash extracted from the company in order to build up a larger cash balance on exit. This should in turn increase the sale consideration received. The benefit is that the tax paid on increased sale proceeds will be less than the tax that would have been paid on dividends or salary if extracted pre-sale.
As always, careful planning is required to ensure valuable reliefs, such as Business Asset Disposal Relief, are not jeopardised as a result.
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