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Distribute surplus funds in a tax effective way to the shareholders

Not all winding ups are insolvent - a successful company may need to be wound up so that retained profits can be distributed to shareholders in a tax efficient way with the added benefit that the company’s affairs are closed down and finalised.

The liquidation of a solvent company can be relatively straight forward and the key to minimise costs and ensure a smooth exit is in the planning.

  1. Agree a work plan

    We generally work with the directors and their accountant prior to our formal appointment to agree a work plan that covers all aspects that need to be dealt with to ensure the process is as efficient as possible, enabling directors to carry out as much or as little of the preparation as they wish. This enables us to provide a cost effective service that maximises the return to the shareholders. In the majority of cases the company’s existing accountants are retained to deal with minimising potential tax liability as they are already familiar with the company’s tax position.

  2. Section 110 schemes

    As well as winding up a solvent company to distribute the surplus funds to creditors there are also schemes available to split different aspects of a company’s business into separate entities in a tax neutral way. These are often referred to as Section 110 schemes and we have acted in relation to a number of such schemes usually as a result of a part business sale or as retirement planning.

  3. QuickCapital - Discounted Fixed Fee MVL

    QuickCapital has principally been designed as a cheap way to return cash back to shareholders but is likely to be mainly used by advisors to assist their clients in situations where the provisions of Section 1030A Corporation Tax Act 2010 (formerly ESC C16) are not available, desirable or appropriate in order to make capital distributions to shareholders outside of a liquidation.

    Ultimately this process returns capital to shareholders quickly using a members’ voluntary liquidation where the client and advisor have completed the majority of the work pre-liquidation to minimise costs. This unique concept has been designed to save your clients money, reduce delays and ultimately provide you and your client greater control and flexibility during the process of a liquidation. For more information, please visit our dedicated QuickCapital Website .


Benefit from our experience

At Portland we have a vast amount of experience in making this process relatively straight forward, minimising costs and ensuring a smooth exit.

Call 01489 550 440 or contact us to discuss the options available