MVL – Members Voluntary Liquidation
- A liquidation option for solvent companies who have shareholder distributable reserves over £25,000
- The tax benefits and savings far outweigh the Insolvency Practitioner’s fees
- The process does not last longer than 1 year and is typically completed within a few months. Fast distributions are available with planning
Some company directors may think that a solvent liquidation is unnecessary; however this page is dedicated to explaining why a solvent liquidation; Members’ Voluntary Liquidation is a better option than the informal alternatives such as the Strike Off route.
Video: Members’ Voluntary Liquidation Explained
Richard Simms, licensed insolvency practitioner, explains Members Voluntary Liquidation. MVL process overview; a solvent liquidation, led by the shareholders and directors.
Members’ Voluntary Liquidation help
A Members’ Voluntary Liquidation is the formal liquidation option for solvent companies. This means that if you own a company that can fully pay off its creditors and leave no outstanding matters when it closes then your company is solvent and this is the correct process for you.
These are some typical reasons why a company would enter a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation:
- Retirement and sale of company assets
- The company no longer has a purpose
- Shareholders want to leave their position and extract their distributions
- Restructuring of company assets
Tax Advantages of Members’ Voluntary Liquidation
When looking to dissolve a solvent company, a first check point is to see the amount of shareholder distributions that need to be made. If these funds exceed £25,000 then by not entering a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation you will be paying income tax on the shares rather than capital gains tax which would apply a lower Capital Gains tax rate.
The first and probably main benefit of a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation is the low tax rates applied to shareholder distributions. To look at this further we need to look back to March 2012.
March 2012 saw the legislation of the ESC-C16 HMRC concession which meant for shareholder funds that exceeded £25,000 they would only receive the tax benefits if they entered a formal liquidation; Members’ Voluntary Liquidation.
The tax advantages of Members’ Voluntary Liquidation include; funds being classed as capital receipts and the funds being potentially subjected to Entrepreneurs’ Relief which is a personal tax relief that will reduce the tax rate down to 10%.
Despite these benefits some company directors are still unsure, however when you compare the amount of money saved via the applied lower tax, it usually far exceeds the cost of the liquidation process itself.
Benefits of Members Voluntary Liquidation
The MVL process itself should be seen as a benefit as it enables the company to fully tie up all paperwork and payments before finally dissolving, leaving no outstanding issues.
It is recommended that all final returns and papers be sent to HMRC before the start of the voluntary liquidation process. This is because the liquidator will need clearance from HMRC before they can file all final paperwork with Companies House. Therefore the sooner the files and forms are submitted the sooner the clearance will be given.
Clearance from the bank is also needed which can hold up the distribution of the assets. One way to avoid this delay will be to transfer the funds over into your liquidators client account, so that the day after entering liquidation the principal distribution can be made.
How Can FA Simms Help?
From the moment we are appointed on an MVL our main aim is to achieve the dissolution of the company as quickly and efficiently as possible. Being a solvent company the main goal for shareholders is for them to receive their funds as soon as possible. Here at FA Simms we typically distribute the bulk of shareholder funds the day after the company has entered liquidation as we transfer the funds into our client account to avoid waiting for clearance from the bank. This is a clear advantage to appointing an FA Simms liquidator compared to our competition.