Stephenson Smart’s business structure planning service can help grow and flourish your business, while maximizing your profit.
Business structure planning is extremely important and determining the right structure for your business depends on many factors. At Stephenson Smart we aim to get a thorough understanding of both your short term needs and your long-term business goals, and recommend the structure that will best deliver your goals now and in the future.
We have particular expertise in the tax treatment of Limited Companies versus unincorporated structures, such as partnerships and sole traders. We can also advise on share structures and if there are different shareholders, consider whether a Shareholders’ Agreement may be beneficial.
The four common forms of business structures are:
The simplest way and only a few formalities attached, the most important of which is informing HM Revenue & Customs when you start trading.
In a partnership, a group of two or more people will come together, pool their talents, clients and business contacts so that, collectively, they can build a more successful business than they would individually. The partners will agree to share the joint profits in pre-determined percentages.
A limited company is a separate legal entity from its owners. It can trade, own assets and incur liabilities in its own right. The ownership of the company is recognised by owning shares in that company. If you work for the company, you are both the owner (shareholder) and an employee of that company. When a company generates profits, they are the company’s property.
Limited liability partnership
A limited liability partnership is legally similar to a company. It is administered like a company in all aspects apart from taxation. In this, it is treated like a partnership. They are particularly suitable for medium and large-sized partnerships.