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Member’s Voluntary Liquidation


We want to charge you as little as possible for this service. To help us achieve that the following are some suggestions to help us do that.

The more you can do before you appoint us the better. If you are able to;

  • pay off all of your suppliers so nothing is owed,
  • collect in all of the book debts,
  • sell any fixed assets (at market value),
  • just leaving a bank account we can then inexpensively liquidate your company.

It also helps if all of your VAT returns and PAYE returns are up to date.

Your accountant will also need to have prepared annual accounts to the end date of trading and have worked out the corporation tax due. This may have to be paid after the date of liquidation.

The above costs are plus VAT which can usually be reclaimed. If you have more than five shareholders or creditors we may need to quote a revised fixed fee. Find out more about the process, what we need and the costs of a members voluntary liquidation.


We prepare all of the necessary MVL paperwork including an indemnity that we ask you to sign. We then aim to distribute the funds to you within the first week of liquidation, only holding back funds to cover:-

  • Our agreed fee with you.
  • The bond cost we have to pay on each and every case (e.g. a case with £400,000 of assets the bond cost would be £205).
  • The costs of the statutory advert in the London Gazette (typically £284 plus vat).
  • Any other expected creditors that have not been paid (for example the final Corporation tax bill).
  • We can transfer assets such as freehold property (called a ‘distribution in specie’) or rights to other assets if you cannot sell them (for example; if you have sold the business and are receiving payment by instalments we can transfer them to you).

Member’s Voluntary Liquidations are used as a method of extracting company’s funds and for shareholders to claim Entrepreneurs Relief (meaning the shareholders only usually pay Capital Gains Tax of 10% on the first £1 million).

Prior to instructing us you will need to take tax advice from your accountant to make sure you will qualify for the 10% tax rate on capital gains. They are welcome to ask us any questions and we can make suggestions on the timing of events.

If you would like to know more please download our printable 11 page Quick Guide to Members Voluntary Liquidation. 

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We have just worked with Kirks to complete the closure of our company. Everything went smoothly and professionally. I would recommend this firm and the staff who were very very helpful and quickly finalised everything. Thank you Kirks.
Carol Hill
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