Dormant Company Accounts
All companies in the UK, including dormant companies, must submit Accounts to Companies House on an annual basis. If you have been not been actively traded you will still be required to submit your Accounts to demonstrate this, these are known as Dormant Accounts. To be considered a Dormant Company you must not have had any income or expenses in the past financial year.
Is my Company Dormant?
If your company has not incurred any expenses nor has it received any income, then it can be classified as a dormant company. Submitting Accounts with any expenses or income, will NOT BE DORMANT ACCOUNTS.
If you have incurred any of the following expenses, then you NOT CONSIDERED A DORMANT COMPANY.
- Paid Employees/Salaried directors
- Other trade-related expenses like Website Costs/ Business insurance / Rent/ Paid advertising
- Buying stock/goods with intent to make a profit
- Earning interest on business savings
- Bank charges
Preparation and submission of your Dormant Company Accounts
We will send you a copy of your Dormant Company Accounts if required
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Do I need to let Companies House know that my company is dormant?
What are the responsibilities of a Dormant Company?
There are many reasons why shareholders may choose to set up a company and keep it dormant, perhaps due to unforeseen circumstances, hold-ups in investment etc. Nevertheless, even a Dormant Company which is not trading is still a legal entity and is bound by requirements of all Limited Companies.
1. Submit Annual Return
The Annual Return is submitted to Companies House. It is complete on form AR01. Every Limited Company is obligated to submit this return regardless of whether they are trading or not.
It is usually submitted every 12 months, but this date can be changed. It records the registered office, secretary and director details, shareholders and share types, values, and other related information.
So essentially, it is a bit of housekeeping from Companies House to ensure that they have accurate, up-to-date information about all Companies and that any changes to a Company structure, name, directors etc are publicly updated.
2. Submit a Company Tax Return
The Company or Corporation Tax Return is complete on a form CT600 and is submitted to HMRC. It is first due within 9 months of the 1 year anniversary of a company.
If you have been dormant during this period – you would still need to submit a return declaring this fact. If you do not submit any tax return at all, you may be penalised.
3. Submit Annual Accounts
Even dormant need to file accounts at Companies House. Dormant Company accounts can be filled online using Companies House web filing service or by post on form
Do I need to let HMRC know that my company is dormant?
In all instances, you would need to contact HMRC in writing to inform them of the date that you became or will become a dormant company (ie. cease all financial activity). You can expect to get a confirmation of receipt and acceptance of your dormant status from HMRC within 14 days of sending your letter.
If you were never previously trading, this would usually be all you need to do. If you were previously trading, HMRC may ask you to submit a corporate tax return for the period to your date of dormancy. You would have to submit this and pay any tax on profits if applicable.
This is not included in our service. You will need to inform HMRC you are dormant separately.
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