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Corporation tax

Corporation tax, also known as company tax, is a tax paid by businesses based on their annual profits. 

If you run a limited company, the rate of corporation tax that you pay is 19% – and unlike for sole traders, you don’t get a tax-free Personal Allowance to reduce corporation tax.

Who needs to pay company tax?

It’s not only limited companies who pay corporation tax. Actually, you have to pay if you’re any of the following organisations and you make profit:

  • Any foreign company with a UK branch or office
  • A club
  • A co-operative 
  • A community group
  • A sports club
  • Housing associations

How to pay corporation tax?

Before you pay company tax, you need to register your company via Companies House and register to pay with HMRC. This is a single process unless you registered your company by post, with third-party software or using an agent. If you did any of these three things, you should register to pay corporation tax separately from when you register with Companies House.

What do I need to register?

To register to pay with HMRC, make sure you have these three things to hand:

  1. Your company’s registration number
  2. The date you started trading 
  3. The date your annual accounts are made up to

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