Why do I need a certificate of incorporation?


Hi all,

I have just set up a new company and I have received an email from Companies House with a few documents attached, but I don’t know what the heck any of them are for!

I presume I need to keep them for some reason - but what reason would that be? When am I going to need the certificate of incorporation, for example? Do I need to display it anywhere or send it to HMRC to register for tax?

All help much appreciated!



You won’t need to use your certificate of incorporation on many occasions and you are not legally required to display it anywhere, but it does contain important information (company registration number and date of incorporation, for example), so you will probably need to refer to it when you register your business with HMRC, or when you issue or receive invoices, etc.

The main purpose of the certificate is to prove that your company has been incorporated and that it exists as a legal entity. If anyone asks for proof of your company's existence, you can show them your certificate. Banks and other lenders often ask to see an incorporation certificate before they will approve a business bank account or loan.

Most companies are set up online so they are issued with a PDF copy, but you can print a copy for your hard-copy files as well. It’s up to you.

a year ago

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