Managing partner at Dutton Moore Tony Bullock talks about structuring a business
30 August 2013

Is your business structured correctly?

Is your company or group of companies structured in a tax efficient manner?  If not, it could cost you a lot of money. By making simple changes in the structure of your business, you could save money in unnecessary tax and national insurance payments.  You should get advice from an expert accountant to ensure you minimise the tax burden falling on your business.  Accountancy isn’t just about tax returns and numbers – you need sound financial and business advice to back up the numbers.

There are a great many points you need to consider when structuring your business in a tax efficient manner and some of the major points to consider are:

  • Income Tax – Are you utilising adult parties personal allowances and basic rate tax bands, i.e. can your spouse have taxable income instead of you to save tax?

  • National Insurance – Is your company structure in a tax efficient manner so that dividends can be drawn rather than salaries and thus greatly reducing your NIC cost?

  • Inheritance Tax – There are many restrictions as to what qualifies for business property relief, you should seriously consider this unless you want your relatives to get a nasty shock after your demise.

  • Capital Gains Tax – Will all shareholders/owners qualify for Entrepreneur Relief if the business is sold and only pay capital gains tax at 10% instead of 28%?

Talk to your accountants, they should be able to advise you on structuring your business or company in a tax efficient manner rather than just completing annual compliance returns. At Dutton Moore, much of our work is giving solid business advice to our clients as well as carrying out the necessary financial requirements for the Inland Revenue and Companies House.


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