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Scotland Liquidators Musselburgh

If you are based in Musselburgh, we can help to find a local insolvency practitioner near you. At Scotland Liquidators, we have been assisting company directors and shareholders in company liquidation for over 35 years. We are proud to serve the region of Musselburgh, the historic market town in East Lothian, famous for its golf and racecourse.

In our years of practice, our licensed insolvency practitioners have been appointed to assist hundreds of companies with liquidation. Whether you may be facing HMRC debt, or are struggling keeping up with payments to suppliers or for business rates, we can assist. Through speaking to one of our expert team, we can determine if your company is classed as insolvent, meaning you are unable to pay your debts.

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Creditor’s Voluntary Liquidation in Musselburgh

If this is the case, we can guide you through a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL). Our licensed insolvency practitioners are here to assist you through the process, and negotiate repayment to your creditors. Failing to act may result in your company being served with a Winding Up Order for compulsory liquidation, in which your business is forcibly closed. If you may have concerns over insolvency, it is important to seek formal advice and take the necessary action to address outstanding debts.

Alternatively, we provide solvent liquidations, also referred to as a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (MVL). If your company is formally declared solvent through a Declaration of Solvency, we can assist with liquidating the company and assets, and removing your business from the Companies House register. This tax-efficient liquidation option is commonly chosen by directors seeking to retire or end business operations once they have served their purpose.

If you would like to receive more information, contact our team of liquidators today. With a network of offices across Scotland, we are able to assist you wherever you may be based, whether in Musselburgh, or other surrounding areas.

Closing a Scottish limited company with HMRC debts

If your limited company is no longer financially viable and you have tax debts you cannot pay, closing it down can be an effective way to escape the financial pressure so you can move on to something new.

As soon as you become aware your company is insolvent, you should cease trading and seek professional advice from an Insolvency Practitioner. Your legal duties as a director now switch from promoting the success of the company to acting in the best interests of your creditors (parties you owe money to). By ceasing trading, it prevents the company from building up further debts it cannot pay that you could be made personally liable for.

Once you have ceased trading, you can voluntarily enter the company into a formal insolvency procedure called a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL). You must appoint an Insolvency Practitioner (IP) to act as the liquidator. They will take control of the company, invite claims from your creditors and sell off the company’s assets to raise money to repay HMRC and any other creditors.

The liquidator will repay your creditors in a strict order. As long as you have acted according to the insolvency rules, any debts the company cannot pay in full, including the company’s tax debts, will be written off. You’ll only have personal liability issues if you have signed a personal guarantee to secure company borrowing.

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Why you need to act quickly with HMRC debts

Owing money to HMRC is not unusual. Most businesses in financial distress will have some form of tax debt. As the most common creditor in the UK, HMRC has strong powers of debt enforcement and will act quickly to recover its money and prevent you from accruing further tax liabilities you cannot pay.

It might be possible to negotiate a Time to Pay arrangement with HMRC, which will give you more time to pay what you owe. However, if your business is no longer financially viable, it’s in everyone’s best interests to close it down.

If you do not enter the company into liquidation voluntarily, HMRC can issue a Winding Up Petition to force the business into Compulsory Liquidation. As part of the process, the liquidator will investigate the reasons for the insolvency and the directors’ actions. That increases the likelihood that you will receive a penalty, such as being made personally liable for company debts or being handed a directorship ban.

Can I dissolve a company with tax debts in Scotland?

You might have heard of Company Dissolution or Strike Off as a way of closing your company. However, only solvent businesses can use this process. To dissolve your company, you would have to contact HMRC to settle your tax debts and repay all your other creditors in full. Only then could you apply to Companies House to strike your business off the official register.

If you try to dissolve a company without paying your tax debts, HMRC will formally object to your application. You could also face serious reprisals from the Insolvency Service, as it will be noted that you tried to use the strike-off process to avoid paying your debts.

Take our 60 Second Test to understand your options

There are three main ways to close a company in Scotland. Taking our 60 Second Test will help our advisers identify the correct route forward for you and your company.

While all three closure options have their advantages and disadvantages, the right one for you will depend on a number of factors including the current financial position of the company and your plans for the future.

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Why close a company with HMRC debts via a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation?

If you want to close your limited company and have tax debts you cannot pay, you have two options. You can:

  • put the company into liquidation voluntarily via a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation (CVL); or
  • wait for HMRC or another creditor to force you into Compulsory Liquidation.

There are several benefits associated with taking control of the situation by initiating a CVL:

  • You can decide when you enter liquidation and appoint your choice of liquidator.
  • The liquidator will still scrutinise your conduct, but there’s less risk that director misconduct allegations will be made against you.
  • If you have worked as an employee of the company for a minimum of 16 hours a week for at least two years, you could be eligible for company director redundancy pay.

If you’re unsure of your next steps or want to know more about how to close a limited company with HMRC debts, please contact the team at Scotland Liquidators. We offer free same-day consultations and provide expert guidance and support throughout the process.

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There are several options when it comes to closing a limited company and it is vitally important you choose the one which is right for you, your company, and your creditors. Whether you are struggling with rising costs, falling trade, or impatient creditors, we are here to help.

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