It is the responsibility of the Corporation and its appointed directors to ensure that the Corporation`s financial statements are filed. Any currently appointed director should ensure that this is done. Failure to submit financial statements may result in a fine, cancellation of the corporation, or prosecution of directors. Since you declared that you are no longer a director of these companies, you are no longer responsible for the presentation of the annual accounts. All companies, whether active or dormant, must issue an annual confirmation statement at least once every 12 months. The purpose of this document is to provide a snapshot of key company data on a specific date (the «confirmation date»). Companies House uses this information to ensure that the data recorded in public registers is accurate and up-to-date. In the United Kingdom, a dormant company is a company whose operations are limited to the payment of shares taken over by subscribers, the royalties paid to the Commercial Register for a change of name, the re-registration of a company and the filing of annual returns and payments under civil penalties, imposed by the Commercial Register for the transfer of accounts to the Registrar after the expiry of the statutory period. Ranking. [2] If your business is trading for the first time, you must provide HMRC with the following information: To register a new business as a dormant company or change the business status of an existing business from active to dormant, you must write to HMRC`s Corporate Income Tax Office. You must indicate the date from which the business is suspended. One of the advantages of dormant business status is that it reduces the legal burden on a company.

A private company that is considered both «small» and «dormant» need only submit an unaudited condensed balance sheet and certain required notes to Companies House. It is not necessary to file an income statement or directors` report, although the Corporation may still be required to prepare them for presentation to shareholders. For more information, see our «Types of Limited Liability Accounts» guide. This prevents you from initiating transactions that could disrupt your dormant state. To change your company`s status between active and dormant, you must contact the local corporate tax office in writing or by phone. You`ll need to include the date your business became inactive (or expect it to be inactive). Hi Lidia, It`s up to you – there`s no problem paying these setup fees through your business account and activating your business, it just means your accounts and tax returns are due a few months earlier than if you had waited until April. Similarly, there`s nothing stopping you from using your personal account to pay these types of costs if you`d rather let your business rest until you start selling. If you can, I recommend talking to an accountant or business consultant. They will be able to discuss with you in more detail and suggest the best course of action. All the best and good luck with the new company! While point 1 above is pretty obvious and probably won`t cause any problems, you need to be careful with points 2 and 3 to avoid triggering a large accounting transaction.

This may be the case if the amounts claimed require payment from an account: if there are costs involved in the payment, such as a fee for processing a check, these costs, no matter how small, are considered a significant accounting transaction and would cause the company to lose its dormant status. Mine has been a dormant company for 10 years and doesn`t even submit annual returns to ROC for the same period. Now I want to run the company again (convert it to active dormant status), so please guide me regarding the conversion procedure and the consequences for non-filing of annual returns. HMRC will then send you a notice of filing of an annual professional income tax return to cover your business time before your business closure date. It is your responsibility to complete and submit the form and pay all applicable taxes. Your business is considered dormant for corporate income tax purposes in the following circumstances: The only way to protect a business name is to form a limited liability company. If you don`t, your preferred name could be registered by another company. If you choose to register a business solely to protect a name, you don`t have to trade through the company at any time.

It can be suspended indefinitely, just to protect a trademark or trademark. After notifying your local corporate tax office that your business has ceased operations, you should receive a «Notice of Corporation Income Tax Return». This must be completed to cover the period of activity before your business becomes inactive and to calculate the amount of corporate income tax your business owes, if any. As mentioned above, your business is considered dormant if it has not made any significant accounting transactions (all transactions that need to be recorded in the company`s accounts) during the financial year and is registered with Companies House. A dormant business must be careful to avoid large accounting transactions However, HMRC will NOT consider your business dormant if the following is true: Given the ease with which it is possible to unknowingly complete a large accounting transaction, we strongly recommend that dormant business owners cover incidental costs without using the company`s bank account. Instead, you can pay them in person or have them paid by another company. If you need to restore the company for HMRC trading, you will need to write to HMRC to confirm that your business is active and confirm the date the company became active. You would write HMRC about the company`s corporate income tax at the address listed on each letter and must also include the company`s unique 10-digit taxpayer reference number (UTR), which you can find on all corporate income tax records. The UTR sought by HMRC consists of the 2 blocks of 5 digits written after the first 3 digits. HMRC will reply to you by letter to confirm the date on which they will wait for the next tax return and business accounts Sincerely, We currently have a company Ltd. We will introduce a separate product offering as part of our current business, but we will also have a separate website with different domain names. Should it remain inactive? No new accounts will be created.

New business is flowing in the flow. I hope this makes sense if dormant company status is lost due to a large accounting transaction, the company has to file normal accounts. These can be more detailed and take longer to prepare. A business is much more likely to need the services of a professional accountant to produce them. Your business is considered a «micro-enterprise» if two of the following conditions apply: You must notify HMRC within 3 months if your dormant business becomes active. If your business has already traded in the past, you can simply log into your existing HMRC online account and register as an `asset` for corporate income tax purposes. If your business has never negotiated since its inception, you will need to register online for corporate income tax and create an HMRC online account. In both cases, you need the unique reference of your company`s taxpayer. Apart from this tax return, a dormant business should have no further obligations for HMRC until it commits to operate or the business is dissolved. This includes filing annual audit letters and inactive corporate financial statements, reporting changes to your business details, and updating legally required records and public inspection. If a company submits its accounts late, HMRC imposes an automatic penalty.

The company may pay this penalty and is not classified as a material accounting transaction.