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If you have a company which is no longer needed you have the following options:
- You can just keep it as a Dormant company
- You could strike it off at Companies House
- You could carryout a Members Voluntary Liquidation
If the company has assets the shareholders will want to release the assets and get hold of the money, so keeping it Dormant isn’t going to help.
Since March 2012, in the case of Strike Offs, ESC C16 has allowed the distribution of up to £25,000 as a Capital Distribution rather than as Income.
However, if you have assets in excess of £25,000 distributions can only be treated a Capital if the distributions are made through a formal liquidation.
With Entrepreneur’s relief, money paid to shareholders will only be subject to tax at 10% on the capital gain.
There could also be other benefits too.
Risk-based approaches to manage Compliance Service delivery are undergoing a maturity model evolution.
This per se is not a negative issue, however, do risk-based approaches leave us exposed to more or less compliance risk?
We pose this question because a number of process advances, including technological drivers have over the past few years increased the incidence of the risk-based approach (r)evolution.
As an example, HMRC launched their risk based approach pilot scheme related to business record keeping called ‘Business Records Check‘ a few years ago (2011), only for the initiative to ‘go quiet’ and then suddenly to rear its head again late in 2013.
From the HMRC web site, the following information was published:
“Up until 17 February 2012, 3,431 BRC had been carried out. These found that 36 per cent of businesses had some issue with their record-keeping of which 10 per cent had issues serious enough to warrant a follow up visit.“
In the excitement of an economic outlook rising like the incoming tide during the last quarter of 2013, together with the ‘silly season’ most of us would probably have missed Statutory Instrument No. 1970 – The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013, and off course you would be forgiven for it. This particular statutory instrument made the duty to provide a Strategic Report a part of UK financial reporting legislation.
To most us the update to the Companies Act 2006, Part 15 – Accounts and Reports, will not have any impact, if our our daily task is that of preparing annual statutory financial accounts for approval by the board of directors of a UK incorporated company. This is because under section 414B of the Act, an exemption applies as follows: