Income tax credits on dividends
For dividends received direct from WPP plc or from WPP DAS Limited via the Dividend Access Plan, the tax credit available to individual share owners resident in the UK is one-ninth of the dividend; tax credits are not repayable to UK holders with no tax liability. Individuals whose income is within the lower or basic tax rate bands are liable to tax at 10% on the dividend income and the tax credit will satisfy their income tax liability on UK dividends. The higher rate of tax on dividend income is 32.5% with relief available for the tax credit referred to above. The gross amount of the dividend will be regarded as the top slice of the WPP share owner’s income and will be subject to UK income tax as set out above.
Dividends paid by WPP plc will generally be subject to Irish dividend withholding tax (DWT) at the standard rate of income tax (currently 20%) unless the share owner is within one of the categories of exempt share holders as provided in Irish law or by virtue of a relevant tax treaty. DWT is not payable where an exemption applies provided that WPP plc has received all necessary documentation required by the relevant legislation from a WPP share owner prior to the payment of the dividend. Share owners are advised to consult their professional advisors on this point. Where a non-Irish resident share owner is entitled to exemption from DWT but DWT has to be deducted from the dividend by WPP, a claim may be made for a refund of the DWT to the Irish tax authorities.
Dividends received from WPP plc by individual share owners resident in the UK will generally be subject to United Kingdom income tax on the gross amount of any dividends paid by WPP before deduction of Irish withholding tax (if any). UK resident WPP share owners may be able to apply for an exemption from withholding taxes under Irish domestic law or the UK-Ireland double tax treaty. Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs will generally give credit (such credit being limited to the UK-Ireland double tax treaty rate) for any Irish dividend withholding tax withheld from the payment of a dividend (if any) and not recoverable from the Irish tax authorities against the UK income tax payable in respect of gross amount of the dividend.
Capital gains tax
The market value of an ordinary share at 31 March 1982 was 39p. Since that date rights issues have occurred in September 1986, August 1987 and April 1993. For capital gains tax purposes the acquisition cost of ordinary share’s is adjusted to take account of such rights issues. Since any adjustments will depend on individual circumstances, share owners are advised to consult their professional advisors.