SJD Insolvency Services

If you decide to stop contracting or want to close your limited company and have funds remaining in your business bank account, there are a variety of ways to do close it down. The most common way is just to take any remaining profit as a dividend. However, depending on how much is profit is left you may be able to close it via a Members Voluntary Liquidation, which could be more tax efficient.

What is Member’s Voluntary Liquidation (MVL)?

An MVL is the process of liquidating your limited company so the company can distribute its remaining assets to its shareholders. Changes to the rules in 2012 now dictate that if you have more than £25,000 profit left in your company, you will be required to liquidate your company and enter into Members Voluntary Liquidation. Since the assets paid to shareholders count as capital gains and not income, this is considered the most tax efficient way of getting money from your company.

To do this, you will need to appoint an insolvency practitioner who will carry out the process.

What does our MVL service involve?

SJD Insolvency Services offers an all-inclusive, low cost fixed fee Members Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) package which includes every aspect of what is needed to close down your limited company.  Our Insolvency Services offers a plain English approach, keeping you fully informed at every stage of the company closure process.

Our MVL practitioner has over 15 years of experience in insolvency company closures and will work in tandem and directly with your accountant in order to get all the information that is required, so you never become bogged down with the process. We offer a hands-off approach throughout for the directors with almost every step of the process being done without the need for input. Their end aim is simple - to ensure you receive the funds in your bank account in the swiftest and most tax efficient way possible.

What happens during the MVL process?

The process can vary depending on your circumstances and the level of assets your company has but follows the same basic rules. We’ve outlined the process below to provide a rough insight:

  1. As the director of the limited company, you will need to appoint a liquidator who must be a licensed insolvency practitioner. The liquidator will file appointment documents at Companies House.
  2. The liquidator will publish in The London Gazette (or the Edinburgh Gazette) a statutory notice of his appointment and a notice of insolvency will be submitted to HMRC.
  3. The liquidator will complete post-liquidation VAT return and deregister. They will then write to the bank to close the account and receive company funds.
  4. After 1 month the liquidator will distribute funds to the shareholders, final report will be prepared to the shareholders and a meeting is held and lastly, a final corporation tax return will be submitted for the post-liquidation period.

 Find out more about SJD’s Insolvency Service

As a client of SJD your accountant will be able to help guide you through an MVL with our in-house insolvency service. For more information about our services, call us on 01442 275794 to speak to one of our experts.

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