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The latest newsletter is September 2013 which includes details of updates to the default Articles of Association and checking the Company Authentication Code

18 July 2013 Transparency & Trust discussion paper launched

Today saw the launch of the Transparency & Trust discussion paper. This sets out a number of proposals aimed at addressing opaque ownership structures and improving the accountability of company directors, to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations.

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BTC Company Restoration Service

If your company has been struck off or dissolved you can have it restored to the register at Companies House.
Our experienced will work to restore your struck off or dissolved company quickly and sympathetically with minimum hassle, ever mindful of the urgency and distress that is often involved because the assets of struck off and dissolved companies pass bona vacantia to the Crown.

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13 June 2013 SmartSearch UK Gains ICAEW Inffinity Status

SmartSearch are the preferred supplier of KYC and AML solutions for the Institute of Chartered Accounts England & Wales, we work with many of the largest Accountancy Firms, providing a total solution for Accounting Firms for Know Your Customer and Customer Due Diligence.

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4 June 2013 HMRC's proposals to change tax rules for LLPs.

As announced in Budget 2013, the consultation document Partnerships: A review of two aspects of the tax rules should not come as a surprise, the consultation period closes 9th August 2013.

The implications of the proposals may catch some organisations by suprise, particularly as businesses whose current accounting period ends after 6 April 2014 will be affected in this financial year.
HMRC acknowledges that some of the arrangements targeted may not fall within general anti-avoidance but it still wants to block them with specific anti-avoidance rules.

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New Website Launched

We have today launched our new website with a range of new services and features alongside the existing products and services. Many of the new services and features are in response to our customers’ requests,   a very brief summary of points are listed below;

  • Anti-money laundering CDD reports now available online through the client login
  • Business reports linking in with the AML CDD available on line
  • Improved order input process
  • Up to £50 credit to your account for the opening of a Barclays Fast Track business account
  • Mail forwarding services are available
  • Accounts departments can have PDF invoices emailed directly
  • Formation packages can be despatched directly to your clients address
  • A new company manager feature for managing filings and information of companies
  • Easier data import system from Companies House allowing you to manage companies you act for not incorporated through our systems

The above is just a brief summary of the changes; just contact us for any queries or questions you may have, we are sure you will find the experience of using the whole range of products and services helps in your practice management.

19 February 2013

Charges - Changes to Part 25 of the Companies Act 2006 (Companies and LLPs)

Subject to Parliamentary approval) will come into force on 6 April 2013. The regulations replace Part 25 of the Companies Act 2006.

The aims of the new provisions are to:

  • streamline procedures and reduce costs for those putting information on the public record, in particular by enabling electronic filing
  • reduce uncertainty as to what charges must be registered
  • replace two current schemes which depend on the company’s place of registration with a single scheme for all UK-registered companies
  • improve the quality of information about security given by companies
  • improve access to the instruments creating companies’ charges

The primary purpose of the draft regulations is to give effect to the Department’s policy of providing for a single scheme for registration, satisfaction or alteration of company charges irrespective of the place of incorporation of the company (as in current Part 25 of the Act). The changes will also be applied, with minor modifications, to limited liability partnerships by a separate statutory instrument.

15 January 2013

Incorporation rejects due to s243 exemption

Companies House New Incorporations examination teams are rejecting a high number of Incorporation applications due to customers incorrectly ticking the "Section 243 Exemption" box.

Customers are reminded that this should only be ticked by an individual who is currently the beneficiary of, or in the process of applying for, a Section 243 Exemption. Please note, to be considered as 'in the process of applying', your application form must have been received by Companies House.'
This exemption is only applicable to individuals who can prove they are at risk of violence or intimidation and serves as added security to protect their URA from being disclosed to credit reference agencies".

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