How to Register a Partnership

    A Partnership is a UK business structure allows two or more people to co-own a business.

    Follow these steps to guide you through setting up your Partnership.

    Check Forming a Partnership is Right for You

    In a Partnership you and your partner share in the profits (or losses) of your joint business.

    There are other options available such as:

    • Self-employed or sole trader;
    • Limited Company;
    • Limited Liability Partnerships.

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    When Do You Need to Register

    You need to register your Partnership by the 5th October following the end of the tax year you started trading.

    A tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April each year.

    So if you started your new business on 1 February 2020, you’ll need to register your partnership with HMRC by 5th October 2020.

    Choose a Name

    There are some rules you need to follow when it comes to choosing a name for your partnership.

    You can choose any name you like but you cannot use:

    • Anything explicit;
    • Words like LLP or Limited as those are reserved for business that register with Companies House.

    I’ve put together a list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to naming your business.

    Choose a Nominated Partner

    Every partnership needs to elect a nominated partner who will be responsible for ensuring the Partnership Tax Return is filed, keeping business records and will act as the point of contact for HMRC.

    Register with HMRC

    You can register your Partnership online on the HMRC website.

    In addition to registering the business, each Partner in the business must register as self-employed (or sole trader) because they will need to fill out a tax return each year showing their portion of any profit or losses, and paying any tax due on this.

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