Limited companies There is one main rate of corporation tax of 19%. … This content is only available to our registered users. Please log in or create a free account, to gain access to our extensive business, personal and tax guides. Login (Forgotten login?) Create new account Forming a limited company Although you can set up a limited company by buying a company online or 'off the shelf', it is usually advisable to seek our professional advice. There are so many options and pitfalls we strongly recommend working with us on your new business venture. Is it advisable to use a limited company? What are the tax benefits and consequences? Companies Act The Companies Act comprises approximately 1,300 sections. Buying a company 'off the shelf' If time is an important factor, you can consider buying a ready-made company. The procedure will depend on the company formation agents', including online agents, requirements. The law and directors' responsibilities Who is a director and what are their legal responsibilities? Statutory records It is essential that you keep your company's statutory records up-to-date. Do not underestimate the importance of these records - they are definitive proof of the company's legal existence and its members. The company secretary The position of company secretary in a private company is now optional. Thus a company can operate with a sole director. The tax system for companies How the tax system works for companies. Tax-saving strategies Expenditure incurred before the company year-end might reduce the current year's tax liability instead of next year's. Company bonus or dividend? In many small companies, the owners are also the directors, and this gives importance to how income is extracted from the company. Getting the company struck off A private company (not subject to insolvency proceedings) can apply to the Registrar of Companies to be struck off the register and dissolved. Tax and the company car Details of how the tax system charges tax on a company car. Interest and tax payments HMRC charge interest on underpayments of tax, and pays interest (repayment supplement) on overpayments. Pros and cons of limited companies We are often asked, 'Should I form a limited company?' The reality is that there is no easy answer. Each situation has to be judged individually. Our guide provides an overview of some of the key issues relating to a business trading as a limited company. Companies House - forms you need to know about There are over 100 company-related forms prescribed. We list below these and include a link to all the forms which can be downloaded direct from Companies House.