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  • How Redeemable Preference Shares Can Reduce Inheritance Tax

    James Bailey explains how redeemable preference shares can solve an inheritance tax problem associated with directors’ loan accounts. Transferring a partnership or a sole trader’s business into a limited company can provide a number of tax planning opportunities, including the lower (20%) rate of corporation tax on profits, as compared to 42% or 47% for income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) on individuals. Typically, the strategy...
  • Light Relief? – Losses On Private Company Investments

    Ken Moody takes us through the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of losses on investments in private companies. It is fair to say that investments in private companies almost inevitably carry a degree of risk. The tax legislation recognises this by providing relief against income tax for losses on shares in private companies, and also for capital loss relief on losses on loans to traders generally – not just to companies. However, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is likely...
  • Why HMRC May Choose Your Business For Investigation

    Jennifer Adams considers the different investigation methods and procedures being used by HMRC to close the ‘tax gap’.In the days before self-assessment, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigations were usually confined to those taxpayers whose activities were either brought to the attention of an Inspector, or because the tax return had taken a long time in being submitted, despite...
  • Did Your Previous Business Owe HMRC? Beware the ‘Security’ Nightmare!

    Andrew Needham highlights a potential problem for some new businesses. If your business goes into liquidation owing HMRC money, any new business may be required to pay HMRC a ‘security demand’ before it can trade. With the relative ease of starting up again by using a ‘pre-pack’ procedure, many businesses are now finding themselves faced with a security demand from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). But what exactly is a security demand?
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I am an ex director of a now dissolved company what is my position and the tax position of the company?


I held the position of director in a limited company which was involuntarily struck off by Companies House in Feb 2011 with some outstanding VAT and CT liabilities. HMRC did not raise an objection to the strike off despite it being published in the London Gazette on two occasions. What is the position of the (now dissolved) company in relation to its tax liabilities? What is my position as the ex-director?

Arthur Weller Replies:
There is a possibility that HMRC will pursue the case by trying to get the company reinstated. They could in theory also pursue the director for wrongful trading (if this is applicable). However if the figures involved are relatively small it is quite possible that HMRC won't bother. This can be seen on http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/insmanual/INS5108.htm.
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