What does ‘active’ mean at Companies House?

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This may come off as a silly question, but what does it mean when Companies House says my company is “active”? Just perusing our company details, and was a little bit curious. Pardon my ignorance.

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Companies House uses the word ‘active’ to indicate that a limited company or limited liability partnership is currently in existence and not in the process of being dissolved or liquidated.

If you are currently trading as normal or have registered your company with HMRC as ‘dormant’, your company status will be listed on the public register of companies as ‘active’. If you ever close your company and get it struck of the companies register, your company status will be listed as ‘dissolved’.

Please be aware, HMRC uses the term ‘active’ to describe the trading status of a company. If your company is currently trading, it will be registered with HMRC as ‘active’ for Corporation Tax. Companies that are not trading should be registered with HMRC as ‘dormant’ for Corporation Tax purposes.

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