Closing a limited company

Chris Andreou

April 21, 2021

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How you close your limited company will depend on whether your company is profitable or if it has reached the point of insolvency.

If you’re closing down a solvent company, you may apply to get your company struck off the Register of Companies or start a members’ voluntary liquidation.

If you’re closing an insolvent company, the company will have to be liquidated.

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If you're closing down a solvent company, you may apply to get your company struck off the Register of Companies or start a members' voluntary liquidation.

If you're closing an insolvent company, the company will have to be liquidated.

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