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Taxation for Private Limited Companies in the UK: An overview


Zulfiya Usmanova

16 November 2023

Setting up a Private Limited Company (LTD) in the United Kingdom comes with various tax obligations and requirements. Here is a brief overview of running an LTD in the UK, covering taxes for the legal entity, types of accounts, financial statements, payrolls, and VAT declarations, along with their respective deadlines and periods.

Corporate Income Tax:

Private limited companies are liable to pay Corporation Tax, which is assessed on their profits.

According to the last update made by HMRC on April 1st, 2023 the current Corporation Tax rate is 25% for net income of £250,000 or more. For income of £50,000 or less – a small profits rate of 19% applies.

For profits between £50,000 and £250,000, a Marginal Relief applies.

Annual Financial Statements:

Private Limited Companies must prepare annual financial statements that comply with the UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP).

These financial statements should include a balance sheet, income statement, and notes to the accounts.

Financial statements must be filed with Companies House, the UK's registrar of companies, within nine months of the company's financial year-end.

Payroll and Employee Taxes:

If your Private Limited Company has employees, you are responsible for operating a payroll system. This system will withhold Income Tax and National Insurance contributions from employee salaries.

Real-Time Information (RTI) reports must be submitted to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) every time employees are paid.

Value Added Tax (VAT):

If your company's taxable turnover exceeds the VAT threshold you must register for VAT. The threshold may change annually,

VAT returns should be filed with HMRC regularly, typically on a quarterly basis.

The VAT return deadlines depend on your specific VAT accounting period, with payment usually due one month and seven days after the end of the period.

The standard VAT rate is 20%. For certain types of goods and services, a reduced VAT rate of 5% is applied.

Annual Confirmation Statement:

Private limited companies must also submit an annual confirmation statement to Companies House. This statement updates information about the company's officers, shareholders, and registered office address.


Operating a Private Limited Company in the UK involves fulfilling several tax and financial reporting obligations. These include paying Corporation Tax on profits, preparing and submitting annual financial statements, managing payroll and employee taxes, and adhering to VAT regulations. It's essential for Private Limited Companies to stay informed about changes in tax rates and deadlines to ensure compliance and maintain their financial health. Seeking guidance from a qualified accountant or tax advisor can be invaluable in navigating the intricacies of taxation for LTD companies in the UK.

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