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Business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises, including most commercial properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. Some properties are eligible for discounts from the local council on their business rates. This is... Read More

The Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) are designed to protect the UK financial system and put in place certain controls to prevent businesses being used for money laundering by criminals and terrorists.Many businesses are monitored by the Financial... Read More

There are a number of reasons why a limited company may be no longer required and can be shut down. This may be because the limited company structure:no longer suits the needs of its owners, the business is no longer active, or the company is in... Read More

The Charity Commission has warned charities that the deadline for submitting the 2017 annual return is fast approaching. The deadline for charities with a standard 12-month accounting period is 31 October 2018. According to the Charity Commission, th... Read More

The register of People with Significant Control (PSC register) came into effect on 6 April 2016. The PSC register is used to identify and record the people who exert significant control over UK companies, often known as beneficial owners.A PSC is any... Read More

There are a limited range of circumstances when a company can request to be removed from the register (known as being struck off). For example, a voluntary strike off can be requested by a dormant or non-trading company.A limited company can be close... Read More

There are a number of ways you can check if a company is in liquidation. This can include looking on the Companies House register. Companies House is responsible for maintaining a register of company information such as annual returns and annual acco... Read More

The final step in bringing a company to a legal end is when the company is dissolved. However, one if the important points to be aware of when doing so is that the dissolved company can no longer trade or otherwise deal with its assets. For example,&... Read More

New laws have come into effect (from 26 April 2018) to help tackle the problem of identity fraud and personal harm for company directors. The new laws, which were introduced into parliament on 22 February 2018, allow company directors and others such... Read More

We recently discussed updated Companies House guidance that provides advice on checking which names are acceptable to Companies House when naming a company. HMRC also published guidance for choosing a company name when setting up a private limit... Read More

The government has announced the introduction of new laws to help tackle the problem of identity fraud and personal harm for company directors. The new laws which were introduced into parliament on 22 February 2018, will allow company directors to re... Read More

A new email alerts service has been launched by Companies House. The new alert service covers a range of subscription topics and should not be confused with the email reminder service, which advises when accounts and confirmation statement... Read More