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Frequently Asked Questions
The structure you choose will have a big impact on how much tax you pay, how much personal liability you have (if the firm fails), how much administrative work you have to do, and even how much money you can raise.
Starting with the wrong setup can lead to a slew of issues later on, necessitating extensive counsel to resolve. Should you need to switch to a different structure, this will come at a hefty cost.
What are the various forms of business structures in the United Kingdom?
In the United Kingdom, there are four basic types of business structures, each with its own set of tax and responsibility implications for owners and shareholders:
1. Sole trader
3. Limited liability partnership
4. Limited company
This is the simplest and most straightforward way to start a business. If you start working for yourself, you are a self-employed single trader, and you must register your firm with HMRC. As a Sole Trader, you are in charge of your own firm.
As a result, you have the right to keep all of the gains as income, but you must pay tax and national insurance by completing a Self Assessment Tax Return. There is no limit to how much money you can make, but higher tax bands make it less tax efficient.
All liabilities, including personal assets and those jointly owned with another individual, will be your responsibility.
A partnership is formed when two or more people agree to share in the business’s revenues and losses. They share the risks, expenses, benefits, and obligations that come with owning a business. Because the partners are self-employed, partnerships are referred to as unincorporated entities. They are individually liable for any losses or obligations incurred by the company.
Each partner is also responsible or liable for the actions or inactions of the other. A partnership’s revenues and losses will be split among the partners. This will be in accordance with the profit-sharing ratio agreed upon, and each partner will be taxed on their portion of the profits
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
An LLP is similar to a partnership, but the responsibility of the partners is limited to the amount of money they put in the company. The limited liability partnership (LLP) must be registered with Companies House and HMRC. Annual financial statements must also be created and filed.
An LLP can have two or more members, and each member can be an individual or a business. An LLP agreement spells out each member’s responsibilities and profit share, and all members must file a personal Self Assessment Tax Return each year, pay income tax on their portion of the partnership’s profits, and pay National Insurance to HMRC.
Limited Liability Company
A limited company is a privately managed firm administered by its directors and owned by its shareholders. The corporation is a distinct legal entity with its own set of legal rights and responsibilities. This means that the company is in charge of all it does, and its finances are distinct from the owner’s personal problems (s).
After paying Corporation Tax, the corporation keeps whatever earnings it generates. The gains can only then be paid to shareholders as dividends. Limited businesses have yearly reporing and filing requirements with both Companies House and HMRC, and they can be limited by shares or by guarantee, as discussed below. They also have annual reporting and filing requirements with Companies House and HMRC.
The following are some of the advantages:
You have complete control over remuneration packages (if you are the controlling shareholder)
Profits can be kept by the company.
You can safeguard your brand.
You can get reimbursed for business expenses.
1. Shareholders’ limited liability
The majority of limited corporations are limited by shares, which implies that the shareholders’ liability for the company’s financial obligations is restricted to the sum paid for the shares.
2. Limited-by-guarantee private business
Members who act as guarantors, rather than share capital or shareholders, make up a business limited by guarantee.
You don’t need to go through any formal steps to start a firm as a sole trader or as a partnership. Both do not necessitate the foundation of a distinct legal organisation. You must, however, register with HMRC and follow the laws that come with it.
A Limited Liability Partnership and a Limited Company must form a distinct company, which is a more complicated process. You must first register the business with Companies House and create the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Why should you hire an accountant to help you form a company?
While it is feasible to start a corporation without expert assistance for a little charge, someone without a thorough understanding of financial/business topics may have difficulty accurately filling out the forms and documentation.
Counsel before beginning a business can be quite helpful in determining which of the several business formats would best suit your goals and personal financial needs. If you include without using this expertise, you may run into a slew of problems down the road.