The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“RDS”) today announced the pounds sterling and euro equivalent dividend payments in respect of the first quarter 2018 interim dividend, which was announced on April 26, 2018 at US$0.47 per A ordinary share (“A Share”) and B ordinary share (“B Share”).
Dividends on A Shares will be paid, by default, in euro at the rate of €0.4011 per A Share. Holders of A Shares who have validly submitted pounds sterling currency elections by May 25, 2018 will be entitled to a dividend of 35.18p per A Share.
Dividends on B Shares will be paid, by default, in pounds sterling at the rate of 35.18p per B Share. Holders of B Shares who have validly submitted euro currency elections by May 25, 2018 will be entitled to a dividend of €0.4011 per B Share.
This dividend will be payable on June 18, 2018 to those members whose names were on the Register of Members on May 11, 2018.
Taxation – cash dividend
Cash dividends on A Shares will be subject to the deduction of Dutch dividend withholding tax at the rate of 15%, which may be reduced in certain circumstances. Non-Dutch resident shareholders, depending on their particular circumstances, may be entitled to a full or partial refund of Dutch dividend withholding tax.
Furthermore, in April 2016, there were changes to the UK taxation of dividends. The dividend tax credit was abolished, and a tax free dividend allowance introduced, this was £5,000 for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 tax years and reduced to £2,000 for the 2018/19 tax year. Dividend income in excess of the allowance is taxable at the following rates: 7.5% within the basic rate band; 32.5% within the higher rate band; and 38.1% on dividend income taxable at the additional rate.
If you are uncertain as to the tax treatment of any dividends you should consult your own tax advisor.