There is only one way to find the answer to how much you can take in dividends from your limited company and that is from your accounting records.
If your spouse does not work elsewhere and they actually do some tasks within the business then you could consider paying them a salary.
Our Salary and Dividend factsheet gives details of our recommendations for taking a salary and dividends from your limited company. Everyone is different – the solution given here is generic.
All too often shareholders are presented with a tax bill larger than anticipated because they’ve paid out dividends in the incorrect tax year. It’s important to remember that Dividends are reported on your self assessment by tax year.
Are you self employed? If so, here is information of the taxes you need to pay including details on income tax, national insurance and class 2 and class 4 national insurance payments.