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Setting up a business in the UK

Starting any business involves a whole lot of moving pieces, some more exciting than others. Brainstorming ideas for a company name and logo? Fun! Tax, paperwork and registering with the government? Not so fun.

The legal structure of your business will determine what you need to do to register your business with the government, how you are taxed and what you are entitled to. Depending on your requirements, if you are thinking of setting up a company ...

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Dividend and tax strategies

For many freelancers and contractors with their own limited companies, dividend payments coupled with a basic salary are an effective and tax efficient way to maximise earnings.

Dividends are the sums of money paid out by a limited company to its shareholders. HMRC sets the tax rate on all dividends received. These sums are calculated from the profits the company has made – i.e. the money the company has left after paying all business expenses and taxes.

How ...

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