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What is Voluntary Striking Off?

Voluntary Striking off is a service that is performed through Companies House. If a director decides they no longer require the company they are able to take action to remove the company from the Company Register. 

How do I apply for Voluntary Striking Off?

To apply for Voluntary Striking off, the Director will be required to sign a form confirming that they agree that the company should be struck off the company register. The original form must be provided so that the company can be struck off the register.

What is the process for Voluntary Striking Off?

Once we are in receipt of the original form, it will be submitted to Companies House. Companies House will review the form and if it is accepted they will register the information on the public records for the company. Acknowledgement of Voluntary Striking Off will also be sent to the address shown on the form. Once the Voluntary Striking Off has been accepted, Companies House will arrange for a Notice of the Striking off in a relevant News Paper to allow any interested parties to object. If no one objects to the proposed striking off of the company the final notice will appear in the News Paper and the company will be struck off.

Who is likely to objects to a company being struck off? 

The most likely party to have an objection to a company being struck off is HMRC, this could be for various reasons, such as, corporation tax not being paid, VAT Returns not being submitted and any penalties that may have occurred within the company.

If HMRC object to the company being struck off you are able to contact HMRC to find out why they are objecting and submit the relevant information to them.

How long does it take to strike a company off? 

Once the original DS01 form has been received at Companies House, it takes around 5 working days for the application to be accepted. It then takes a further 3-4 months for the company to be completely struck off the company register. You will receive updates on the status of your order on a regular basis.

If you no longer require your company and you would like to strike it off the register, please order this service from our UK Additional Services.