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What is the difference between an MVL and Dissolution?

Written by Jonathan Munnery

An MVL is a formal liquidation process which must be undertaken with a licensed insolvency practitioner. Dissolution – or company strike off – on the other hand, is an informal closure option for companies with no outstanding liabilities.

Dissolution can be achieved by submitting a DS01 form and paying the applicable fee – currently £8. An MVL is a much more involved process, and the additional time coupled with the required input of an insolvency practitioner, means it is a much more costly option.

However, when it comes to how proceeds are taken from the company, this cost could be negated in tax savings. Profits taken out of the business prior to dissolving it, will be treated as income, whereas money is taken out of the business through an MVL is classed as a capital distribution. The effective rate of CGT can be reduced even further if shareholders qualify for Entrepreneurs’ Relief.

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