Here’s a neat little tip for the formation of a UK company whilst filing with HMRC for company corporation tax and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) for you and your (future) employees all in one go.
This all-in-one registration service is offered by the UK Government online portal. All for the grand old price of just £12 at the time of recording. And yes, your company can be up and running within 24 hours. That’s tough to beat!
This is a service offered Gov.uk and it’s a service that not a lot of people seem to know about – especially judging by the low uptake per this press release dated 4 Jan 2019.
This quick and easy approach might not suit everyone. If you are unsure or especially if you have a complex case such as seeking funding e.g. via the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), then you may wish to seek advice from a qualified accountant or lawyer.
Better to be a disciplined entrepreneur from day one. Here is a checklist of 11 tips how:
Get your company incorporation certificate, Memorandum & Articles of Association downloaded and on file. Plus a shareholders agreement if you have one. This will form the basis of your statutory books which you must maintain for any changes in shareholders, directors etc going forward.
Complete and file Form CT41G with HM Revenue & Customs to register your company for corporation tax purposes and to get your employer payroll package ordered and registered with HMRC (or refer to point 11).
Get the relevant documents (in point 1) plus your passport and a recent utility bill together ready to set up a business bank account (get used to pulling together these personal docs for routine money laundering checks for pretty much all financial services).
Set up an A4 lever-arched file ready to collate all of your paper invoices received for amounts payable. Put a divider in the file to separate paid invoices (behind the divider) from the unpaid invoices (in front of the divider). Start numbering the invoices received sequentially to (ideally) match your online accounting software (see point 6).
Decide whether it is right for your company to register for VAT (or refer to point 11).
Choose a decent accounting package so that you can get all of your financial affairs including invoicing etc set up ready. I like Xero.
Check your founder(s) shareholding allocation now e.g. if there are any shares to be allocated to key (present or known future) management / employees do it now or asap before the value in the business (and therefore shares) increases. If you delay you could store up some nasty capital gains tax, income tax and national insurance liabilities for the future…
Get all your ducks in a row with regard to all industry certification and insurance requirements for your particular sector. Would be embarrassing and unprofessional to get this wrong.
Think now about protecting your crown jewels. Is there any intellectual property, trademarks or patents that need filing, protecting or transferring before you launch your BIG idea or go head-to-head with the competition?
Go get yourself a natty logo, stationery and website. Remember to include your company name, address, registered company number and VAT (if applicable) on your documentation. Get business cards too. Register your Twitter account. Start a blog. Tell the world.