My client has a Limited Company year end 31 March12. He and his wife are 50% shareholders and are applying for a mortgage based on 11/12 accounts. He has poor credit and his wife does not. He is asking to change the shareholding to "load" his wifes dividend income more favourably. Aside from the income spliting issues, I have told him this cannot be done retrospectively and the 50/50 dividend split will have to remain for 11/12. Is this correct?
System of Law: England-and-Wales
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Please advise what has been reported to the Companies House on last annual return?
Also, date of last annual return
The company was incorporated on 1/3/11 and have yet to file their first annual return! (Actually they were incorporated in Scotland so will be subject to Scottish law -not England & Wales as previously stated)They advise me they hold 50% shares each but I have not been able to verify.Thanks
Thank you for your response.
If you have not been able to verify the shareholding split independently, then you should look at what dividends were paid to each shareholder in the tax year 2011-12 and use that as the basis for shareholding split.
If no dividends have been paid then you should ask them confirm what the split should be and prepare accounts accordingly.
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