How do I transfer/ change a company name?

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April 21, 2021

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You can change the name of your limited company through a third party (such as a company formation service), or directly with Companies House.

If you're opting for the latter, you need to complete form NM01. There is a £10 fee payable to Companies House to file the form.

If you're trading as a limited liability partnership, you need to file form LL NM01. A £10 fee applies.

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What do I need to do as a Company Director?

Your responsibilities as a limited company director include:

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  • Your company's annual accounts must be filed at Companies House
  • A Confirmation Statement must be submitted annually. This can be done online or via post. This is a filing requirement introduced in 2016 to replace the Annual Return (Form AR01).
  • Submit an annual Corporation Tax to HMRC. Any outstanding tax must be paid within nine months and one day of your company's year-end accounting.
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What are the differences between Directors, Shareholders & Employees?

Directors

  • Directors have the responsibility of running and managing a Limited company;
  • Directors are responsible for ensuring all company accounts are filed with HMRC and Companies House;
  • Directors must have board meetings to decide on company activities ‚- including taking a dividend.

Shareholders

  • Shareholders are not involved in the running and managing of the Limited company;
  • Shareholders are involved in some decisions, like the change of company name, however not day to day running;
  • Shareholders are entitled to take dividends from the company, as long as these can be justified from their role in the company.

Employees

  • Employees work for the Limited company and are employed. They will receive a monthly salary from the Limited company.
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How do I transfer/ change a company directors?

You can appoint a new director, terminate the appointment of a director or change the director's personal details online, or by downloading the relevant forms and submitting it to Companies House by post.

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How do I transfer/ change a company name?

You can change the name of your limited company through a third party (such as a company formation service), or directly with Companies House.

If you're opting for the latter, you need to complete form NM01. There is a £10 fee payable to Companies House to file the form.

If you're trading as a limited liability partnership, you need to file form LL NM01. A £10 fee applies.

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  • Your company's annual accounts must be filed at Companies House
  • A Confirmation Statement must be submitted annually. This can be done online or via post. This is a filing requirement introduced in 2016 to replace the Annual Return (Form AR01).
  • Submit an annual Corporation Tax to HMRC. Any outstanding tax must be paid within nine months and one day of your company's year-end accounting.
  • Register for Self Assessment with HMRC, and submit your personal tax return each year.
  • If you have employees and are running the company payroll, you need to report your employees' payments and deductions to HMRC on or before your employees' payday. You need to pay what you owe to HMRC each month.
  • If your VAT taxable turnover exceeds the VAT threshold, you'll need to register for VAT and complete your VAT returns online at the end of every financial quarter.
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