Income splitting in a partnership

MonsoonMonsoon Font Of All KnowledgePosts: 4,071FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant
I know there was a discussion recently on giving wife shares in a company as a legitimate form of income splitting.

Is the same allowed in a partnership i.e. making the wife a partner even if she does nothing (assuming she has no other income)?

I know that to pay her 'wifes wages' the money needs to actually be paid and a paye scheme set up, and you'd need to demonstrate she did some work.

Do I assume correctly that if she is an equal partner, even if she does no work, that this is a legitimate income split?

I don't deal with partnerships very often, everyone here is either a sole trader or a Ltd (the client I have in mind doesn't want a Ltd despite the tax savings!) so my knowledge on them is a bit hazy compared to the other stuff!

Thanks. :)

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