Limited Company vs Self Employed – One of the most often asked questions is what business form should I use?

Most people only consider how much money a company can save them. However there are many considerations to look at before making a decision.

Advantages:
  •  Limited liability – as long as the company is run properly your personal finances are kept safe if the business fails
  • The Company’s name is protected
  • Employees can aquire shares
  • The payment of taxation is only once per year with no payments on account (assuming a company not paying in installments)
  • Can help with succession planning and sale of business
  • Customers may have a higher perception of a company than of a sole trader
Disadvantages:
  • The requirements for record keeping are more stringent
  • The ability to withdraw funds from the company by the Director need careful consideration
  • If it is an existing business incorporating – there may be trade associations to re apply to or to comply with
  • Administration expenses tend to be higher than a sole trader/partnership
  • Accountancy fees tend to be higher due to extra work required to be completed
  • Some company information will be accessible by the public
  • Possible Audit needed dependent on size of company, or requirement by lender or regulation

Overall a company can be the right decision for many businesses, if you are unsure please contact us to discuss it.

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