A limited company director is someone who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. They are usually appointed by shareholders, although there are some exceptions where companies appoint directors themselves. A limited company director must be over 18 years old, and cannot hold another position within the same company.
There is no limit on how much money a company can spend on advertising, but it must be spent on promoting the company, rather than personal gain. This includes things like marketing materials, social media posts, and paid ads.
The board of directors is made up of three people. One person is elected by each shareholder, one person is chosen by the majority of shareholders, and the third person is nominated by the other two.
In most cases, the board meets once every four months, and has the power to make decisions about the company. However, shareholders can call special meetings of the board whenever they want.
Responsibilities of limited company directors
A director owes a duty of care to the company. This includes ensuring that the company complies both with the law and with the articles of association.
The directors are responsible for managing the affairs of the company in accordance with the law and the articles of association. They must act honestly, in the best interests of the company, and in good faith.
Directors must act honestly, in accordance with the law, and in good faith; they owe a duty of care to their company.
They are required to keep proper records of the company’s transactions and accounts, including those relating to shareholders’ funds.
As well as being honest, directors must act fairly, reasonably, and prudently.
Directors must comply with legal requirements regarding the management and administration of the company.
Directors must take reasonable steps to ensure that the company complIES WITH THE LAW AND ITS ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION.
Directors of limited companies have a duty of care.
A director owes fiduciary duties to his company. These are obligations owed to the company and must be carried out without self-interest. A director may breach his duty of loyalty if he acts against the best interest of the company. He may also breach his duty of care if he fails to act reasonably in relation to the company’s affairs.
The law does not impose specific standards of conduct upon directors; rather it requires them to act honestly and in good faith. They must avoid conflicts of interest and must exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out their duties.
In addition, directors are required to take steps to ensure that the company complies with the law. This includes ensuring that the company carries out its legal obligations, such as complying with tax laws, paying taxes, observing corporate formalities and keeping proper records.
Directors cannot delegate their responsibility to carry out their duties. If they do so, they become personally liable for the consequences of their actions.
Directors of limited companies must do certain things by law.
Directors of companies are responsible for ensuring that the company complies fully with all applicable laws, including those relating to taxation. They must act honestly, fairly, responsibly and in good faith towards both the company and its members. In addition, they must comply with the Companies Act 2006 and the requirements of the Financial Services Authority.
The statutory responsibilities of directors are set out in sections 495 to 499 of the Companies Act 2006. These sections cover the following areas:
• Duties of directors
• Responsibilities of directors
• Disclosure obligations
• Remuneration of directors
• Powers of directors
1. Putting the company on the tax rolls
Companies must file annual returns with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). These include information about the company’s name, address, directors and shareholders. They must also provide details about how much money they earned during the financial year. If they earn less than £83,871, they don’t have to pay income tax. But if they earn over £83,871 they have to pay corporation tax.
The deadline to file the return is April 30th each year. However, it’s possible to apply for an extension. You can do this up to six times. After that, HMRC will automatically send you a reminder letter asking you to submit your return.
If you fail to file a return, HMRC will start charging interest from the due date. This starts at 2% per month and goes up to 25%. So, if you miss the filing deadline, you could end up paying hundreds of pounds in interest charges.
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2. Filing confirmation statements
Annual returns are due to Companies house every year. A statement should be filed in case there is any change in information contained within the annual report. The filing process is simple & free of charge.
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3. Preparing annual accounts
The annual accounts must include information about the company’s financial position, such as profit/loss account, balance sheet, cash flow statement and notes to shareholders. They are prepared according to accounting standards set out in the Companies Act 2006.
Companies must prepare their accounts within 90 days of the end of the accounting period. If there is no accounting period, the accounts must be prepared within 30 days of the start of the financial year.
Accounting periods are normally January to December. However, some companies operate on different fiscal calendars. For example, trading companies usually report their accounts on a calendar month basis.
A company’s accounts are submitted directly to the Registrar of Companies. Once received, the accounts are kept on file for five years. Any changes to the accounts must be notified to the registrar within seven working days.
4. Preparing Company Tax Returns
Companies must submit an annual return even if they didn’t pay any corporation tax. If you did pay some corporation tax, you are legally obliged to complete a return. You don’t have to do it yourself; we can help you find someone qualified to prepare your return.
5. Paying Corporation Tax
The government is introducing a mandatory requirement for companies to pay corporation tax. This means that every business must now file annual accounts and submit a return showing how much tax it owes. The UK Government says that this move is necessary because it wants to make sure that everyone pays their fair share of taxes.
There are some exceptions to the rule – including charities, limited liability partnerships and sole traders. But the vast majority of firms will have to comply.
The government says that the move will ensure that everyone pays their fair amount of tax. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) say that this will help stop people avoiding paying tax. They claim that there are around 2 million individuals who do not declare income and avoid paying tax.
This change could mean that the amount of money you owe to the government changes over time. If you don’t know what you owe, you might want to check out our guide to calculating your personal tax bill.
6. Reporting changes
Companies House, the UK government body responsible for registering businesses, has announced it will require directors to submit certain types of changes to their personal profiles. The aim is to make sure that directors provide accurate information about themselves and their companies, thereby helping Companies House keep track of every company registered in England and Wales, including those incorporated overseas.
The changes include:
• Amendments to directors’ names
• Additions to directors’ addresses
• Changes to directors’ contact information
• Changes to directorships
• Changes to directors’ roles within a company
7. Keeping business books and records
Directors must keep a number of documents at the company’s registered office. These include:
• Annual return – This must be filed within 14 days of the end of each financial year.
• Articles of association – This sets out the company’s legal form and structure.
• Memorandum & articles of association – This document contains the directors’ powers and duties.
• Company secretarial notice – This informs Companies House about changes to the registered office address or SAIL.
• Register of members – This lists the names and addresses of every member of the company.
• Shareholders’ agreement – This governs how shareholders hold shares.
• Notice of meeting – This gives notice of meetings of the board of directors.
• Notice of change of name – This gives notice of changes to the name of the company.
8. Keeping up with business addresses, stationery, and signs
Company registration documents should always be stored at the registered office address, unless there are specific reasons why it should be moved. If you are moving offices, make sure to inform Companies House of the change and keep the original documents at the old address until the move is complete. You must ensure that the correct address appears on all stationery used by the company, including letterheads, envelopes, invoices, statements, etc. This includes any printed material such as leaflets, brochures, posters, etc., as well as digital marketing materials such as email signatures, social media profiles, webpages, etc.
All forms of official business stationery must state the full companyname, address and registered number, along with the date of issue. In addition, the form of address must include the full company name, followed by the street address, postcode and county/city/region. For example, the following address format must be used:
The Full Name of the Company
Registered Office Address
PO Box 12345
City, County or Region
Post Code ABC12345
Not living up to legal duties and responsibilities
Directors are required to disclose certain information about themselves and their companies in their annual returns. These include details of any changes to shareholders’ investments, loans, dividends, shares sold, etc. Directors should keep a record, including minutes, of all meetings attended by themselves and others. They must also maintain a record of all correspondence received and written. If you fail to do this, you could face serious consequences.
The Companies Act 2006 states that failure to comply with these obligations “may amount to an offence under section 496 of the Companies Act 2006.” Section 496 states that anyone who fails to provide accurate information in his or her annual return commits an offence punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment.
In addition, it is an offence for a director to make a false statement in his or her annual report. In fact, failing to give full and correct disclosure of matters set out in Schedule 2 of the Companies Act 2006 is itself an offence carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
If you think that you might have failed to meet your legal obligations, contact us immediately.
What kinds of decisions do directors of a limited company make?
Directors are responsible for making decisions about the running of a company. These include deciding what products to sell, how much to charge for them, where to advertise and whether to buy advertising space. They also make decisions about the hiring and firing of employees, the appointment of auditors, the payment of creditors and suppliers, the sale of assets, the acquisition of property, the setting of prices and discounts, the opening and closing of accounts, and the purchase of goods and services.
A director must act reasonably and honestly in exercising his/her power. He/she cannot delegate his/her power without receiving written authority to do so, and he/she cannot delegate it to another person unless he/she has been given written authority to do so by the members.
In addition, a director must exercise his/her powers fairly and impartially. This includes treating people equally and giving everyone equal opportunity to participate in decision-making. If there is no equality of treatment, or unfairness, then the director has acted unfairly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is running a company the same as being your own boss?
If you want to know whether it makes sense to form a company, you need to understand how companies differ from sole traders. If you’re thinking of incorporating, make sure you understand the differences between the two types of businesses.
Why do most people choose to do business through a limited company?
Limited companies offer several advantages over sole traders. For example, a limited company gives you ‘limited liability’, meaning that you don’t face legal responsibility for the actions of the company. This protects you against losing money because of things such as unpaid bills, unpaid taxes, or fraud. A limited company also allows you to raise capital, giving you access to funds that might otherwise be unavailable to you as an individual. Finally, being part of a limited company offers some tax benefits, including lower corporation tax rates and exemptions from certain employment law requirements.
The main reason someone decides to set up a limited company is likely to be based on whether it suits their needs better than working as a sole trader. If you’re looking to start a small business, for instance, you’ll probably find that setting up a limited company makes sense. You won’t be able to take on too much risk, nor will you have to worry about paying yourself dividends – both of which are issues that arise when you run your business as a sole trader. However, there are times when setting up a limited company isn’t necessary. Some businesses, like those offering simple services, make little difference between a sole trader and a limited company. And even if you do choose to go down the limited company route, you shouldn’t feel compelled to use one just because others around you do.