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Updated time: Feb 3, 2018 , 11:28 (UTC+08:00)

United Kingdom


The United Kingdom (UK) is comprised of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is important not only to be aware of these geographical distinctions but also the strong sense of identity and nationalism felt by the populations of these four countries. Type of company for international Trade and Investment: Private ("Ltd") or Public Limited Company ("PLC").

Law & Taxation

Corporation tax (which includes Capital Gains Tax) is paid by UK companies based upon accounts, which are submitted to the Inland Revenue and the Registrar of Companies at the end of the company's financial year. A company is free to choose its financial year-end. Companies pay corporation tax at the rate of 20% where the net profit before tax does not exceed £300,000.

Tax rates on profits over £1,500,000 is at 23%. The main rate of Corporation Tax applies when profits (including ring fence profits) are at a rate exceeding £1,500,000, or where there is no claim to another rate, or where another rate does not apply.

Corporate requirement

Each Uk company must have a Registered Agent and Registered office in the United Kingdom, provided by a licensed service provider

A private company must have at least one natural person as director who may be of any nationality and need not reside in the UK.

From 6th April 2008 a company secretary is optional.

All UK companies are required to file accounts prepared in statutory form with the Registrar of Companies and the Inland Revenue whether trading or not. These accounts need to include:

Private Limited Companies have a minimum authorised share capital of £1 or its currency equivalent. The minimum issued capital is one share, but additional capital is usually issued to reflect the stability and strength of the company.

The normal category of shares are ordinary shares but, subject to the circumstances of the company, they may be preference shares, deferred shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.

Our service

Offshorecompanycorp can incorporate a company with your choice of name and confirm the availability of names in advance. Full due diligence requirement must be satisfied before we can proceed with incorporation. All company are provided with a complete company kit. We can assist client in obtaining certificates of corporate existence, as well as relevant post incorporation services.

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