Limited Company's Registered Office - Where should it be?
Posted on 20th September 2016 at 15:00
A limited company is a separate legal entity and must have an official “registered office address”. This address is publicly available on the Companies House website. In fact, if you Google your company name, you will find that one of the top results will take you to a company search page showing the registered office address, director’s names and several other details.
The registered office address does not have to be where the business trades from, nor does it have to be the home address of the principal director.
It would be advisable to keep the registered office separate from your home address. Why?
To maintain the director’s privacy.
To safeguard against ID fraud.
To avoid unnecessary spam mail (any company can search company address records and send unwanted mail).
To ensure you do not break a clause in a rental agreement (if you rent most rental agreements will have a clause stating that you should not use the address for business purposes). I have known one such case that caused a tenant to lose their deposit.
To ensure creditors do not arrive at your home address (in the event that the company were to be late paying tax/VAT).
So. if you don't want to use your home address, what are your options?
Many limited companies choose to use their accountant’s address as their registered office and we offer this service as an add-on to our monthly accountancy packages for just £5 + VAT per month.
There are several advantages for doing this:-
To reduce the unnecessary spam mail as noted above.
To enable us to receive any official post from Companies House and HMRC direct and action on your behalf.
To save you the job of sorting through your mail and photographing/scanning and emailing correspondence to us.
If you are interested in adding this service, for just £5 + VAT per month, please get in touch and we can action for you immediately.
Nicola J O'Sullivan -
Founder | Xero Champion | IR35 Expert
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