I was director of a company until jan 2011 when a friend became a director as well. we changed the name of the company and all debts I owed as sole director under the old name were paid off so we started with a clean slate. i resigned as director in June 2011. I have since found out that no returns have been filed for the company, and today I have received a coll of the TAX office about the company. The director lets his wife deal with all financial matters and has nothing to do with that side of the business, to the point where she opens all mail relating to the business and does not show him anything. I have also found out another company they run is about to be struck off by companies house for not filing any returns. this happened to another company they ran, she claimed companies house had done it by accident. what i want to know if there are any moneys owed am i still liable as an ex director of the company.
You have two issue here. The non-filing of accounts with Companies House and monies possibly owed to HMRC.
My guess (and it is only that) is that you will be responsible for anything that occurred up to June 2011 when you were still a director of the company. I'd suggest you discuss initially with Companies House and HMRC what is unfiled or owed and what they consider the liability to be and then try and square things with your old partner. If there is any concern you may want to refer to a professional - Tax accountant and/or possibly a solicitor if there are issues over the directorship. You don't mention the legal status of the company which may have a bearing on your liabilities. Again, if you have concerns then I’d strongly suggest getting appropriate professional advice. As you are probably aware the non-filing of accounts is a criminal matter so not to be taken lightly!
the company was a limited compnay.
I have found that Companies House dont tend to purcuse Directors after they resign but my advice is to check with Companies House.
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