If you went through a formal liquidation, you should be able to withdraw the £150,000 as a capital payment, split between you and your wife in proportion to your shareholdings. You would then disclose the payment as a capital gain and claim entrepreneurs' relief. Assuming you qualified for ER, you and your wife would pay Capital Gains Tax at 10%. If you set up the company from scratch, then the cost of your shares will be very low so the gains for each of you and your wife will be 100% of the cash. Any other method of withdrawal would leave the payments subject to income tax on dividends and income tax and national insurance contributions (on salary).
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Just to be clear, if we liquidated the company and paid the 10% corporation tax, the amount paid to us would not be subject to further taxation. for example say my share was £75,000 after corporation tax the taxman could not deduct any further tax and the amount would be net.
Apologies is this seems a silly question.
It's not corporation tax, it's personal capital gains tax. It would be the same if you sold your company shares and made a capital gain. The difference is you are looking ti liquidate the company and taking the cash out as a capital payment as opposed to a dividend or salary payment.
If you qualify for ER, the CGT will be the extent of your tax liability.