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Steer well clear of Countrywide.
And when it comes to conveyancing time, keep a very very wide berth from them.
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But you should know this:
With the changes in taxation of dividends due to commence on 6 April 2016, HMRC are introducing new targeted anti-avoidance legislation that will prevent small companies from extracting retained profit by way of a distribution in a solvent Members Voluntary Liquidation (MVL). Capital distributions can only be made on the closure of a company. This would prevent a shareholder taking advantage of Entrepreneurs Relief, thereby paying only 10% tax on the retained profit. The new rules will apply when a company is closed and a new company incorporated within two years of the closure of the first company and both companies carry on the same trade i.e. a contractor continuing to contract through a new company.
Any contractor who has a significant cash balance in the company or director’s loan account balance, and wants the benefits available to them with an MVL before 6th April 2016, their MVL process needs to be started as soon as possible to allow the capital distribution to be made before the new rules are implemented on 6 April 2016. It is worth stressing that the rule change will not affect MVL closures in circumstances where a contractor is permanently retiring or going back into permanent employment for at least 2 years. However for those who wish to continue to work as a contractor/freelancer the changes can have a dramatic impact on the client’s tax position and this is the last chance they have to cash in and pay only 10% tax on profit withdrawals. The tax benefits from a pre-6 April MVL distribution are extraordinarily generous. If funds are distributed after 6 April then assuming the client is a higher rate taxpayer and wishes to continue operating through a limited company they will have to pay a substantial further 32.5% tax on dividends. This is significantly more than the maximum 10% tax payable where the retained profit is treated as a capital distribution through an MVL. In practice those using an MVL to distribute profits will pay even less than 10% because in calculating the chargeable gain that is taxable at 10%, each shareholder is allowed to deduct an £11,000 nil rate band for capital gains tax. Consequently in a typical scenario where both a husband and wife are shareholders this means the first £22,000 is completely tax free and only the remaining distribution is taxable at 10%.
Details of the proposed change in legislation were only recently disclosed and this creates considerable time pressure leaving you a very limited window of opportunity to meet the 5 April deadline for making a capital distribution. MVL’s are carried out by licenced insolvency practitioners.
I hope that helps!
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There are a number of contractor Mortgage Specialists on this forum like Contractor Mortgages Made Easy, Power Mortgages, etc,etc that you should try first. Sorry if I've left anyone out.
Thanks for mentioning about the MVL. Would it impact on my application of mortgage if I take out my company money via MVL distribution, in order to have a bigger deposit?
I was wondering that the lender would question my company closure and reject application, as I need to provide 3 years income history in my company account, right?
It would (should) impact your application if you've told the lender you are an ongoing contracting business. It'll be akin to losing/leaving an employed position if a permie had applied for a mortgage.
If you already have the deposit then carry on as normal. At some point in the future when you go through MVL you can then lump sum the mortgage down.
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We've dealt with many contractors in this situation.