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UK - Key Facts

24 hours (premium fee applies) or 5-6 working days (standard incorporation procedure)

Shelf Companies:

Authorised Share Capital:
Unlimited and no restriction on currency

Issued Share Capital:

  • Minimum paid up share capital = £1
  • No restriction on currency
  • No capital tax on issued share capital


  • Minimum number of directors: 1
  • Individual director required although corporate directors are also permitted
  • No restrictions on residence or nationality


  • Not obligatory
  • No restrictions on residence or nationality


  • Minimum number of shareholders: 1
  • Corporate shareholders permitted

Public Filing:

  • Audited financial statements must be filed every year within nine months of financial year-end (exemptions available from audit requirement).
  • Annual return must be filed every year

Corporation Tax Rates:

  • Profits up to £300,000 at small profits rate of 20%;
  • Profits between £300,000 and £1,500,000 may claim marginal relief;
  • For financial years commencing 1 April 2013, profits exceeding £1,500,000, will be taxed at the main rate of 23%.

Note: The small company rate is subject to certain criteria being met. Where a company has other associated companies, the £300,000 small company threshold will be divided by the number of associated companies.

Corporation Tax Returns:
Must be filed within twelve months of accounting period end.

Capital Gains for Companies:
Rates above apply subject to potential exemption where a UK resident company sells shares if certain conditions apply

Withholding Tax:

  • Dividends: 0%
  • Royalties: 20%*
  • Interest: 20%*

(*Can be reduced/eliminated with careful planning or on application double tax treaty relief may be available)

Double Tax Treaties:
Over 125