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Operating multiple trades as a Limited Company
Operating multiple trades as a Limited Company

If you're planning on operating separate trades under one limited company, this article will have useful information for you.

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Written by Steven Moore
Updated over a week ago

For limited companies engaged in multiple trades, managing the associated tax implications is crucial. Operating through multiple trades can offer diverse revenue streams and business opportunities, but it also requires careful consideration of tax planning strategies. This article aims to provide an overview of the tax implications, with a particular emphasis on loss relief, for limited companies operating through multiple trades in the UK.

It's important to add from the outset that Ember does not support clients with multiple trades if one of those trades is expected to make a loss.

1. Understanding Multiple Trades:

Operating through multiple trades refers to a situation where a limited company conducts business activities in more than one trade or industry. Each trade may have different characteristics, profit margins, and tax implications. It is essential to identify and differentiate these trades to manage tax obligations effectively.

2. Tax Treatment for Each Trade:

When a limited company operates through multiple trades, each trade is treated as a separate entity for tax purposes. This means that the income, expenses, and profits associated with each trade are assessed individually. It is important to maintain separate accounting records for each trade to accurately calculate tax liabilities and claim applicable reliefs.

3. Loss Relief for Multiple Trades:

One significant consideration for limited companies operating through multiple trades is loss relief. Loss relief allows businesses to offset trading losses against profits to reduce the overall tax liability. The specific rules for loss relief may vary depending on the type of loss incurred and the trade in which it arises.

A. Trade Losses:

  • Trading losses from one trade can be offset against profits from another trade within the same accounting period. This can result in a reduction of the overall taxable profits.

  • It is important to note that losses must be claimed within specific time limits and in accordance with HMRC guidelines.

B. Terminal Loss Relief:

  • If a trade ceases and generates a trading loss, terminal loss relief may be available.

  • Terminal losses can be offset against profits of the same trade in previous or future accounting periods, subject to certain conditions.

4. Considerations for Loss Relief Planning:

To optimize loss relief and manage tax implications effectively, limited companies operating through multiple trades should consider the following:

  • Accurate Record Keeping: Maintain separate accounting records for each trade to track income, expenses, and profits accurately.

  • Timely Loss Claims: Ensure loss claims are made within the specified time limits, as set by HMRC.

  • Tax Planning Strategies: Seek professional advice to develop tax planning strategies that maximize the benefits of loss relief, minimize tax liabilities, and align with business objectives.

If you have any further questions about this please reach out to our dedicated support team via Intercom in the bottom right corner of Ember and we will be happy to assist you further.

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