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What is a director service address and why do I need one?

Posted on Oct 9th, 2018 | Tax

When a limited company director in the UK sets up a limited company or files a Confirmation Statement at Companies House, they’re required to provide a ‘service address’. This is in order to receive correspondence from Companies House and HMRC, among other important official bodies.

As anyone is able to see the service address on the public record, many people prefer to provide an alternative to their home address. When a company is incorporated Companies House does require directors to provide their “usual residential address” as well, but this is not shown on the public record and only made available to credit reference agencies and specified public authorities.

What are the requirements for a director service address?

Directors don’t need to operate a business from their listed service address – or even visit it – but they’ll need to ensure someone is there to forward any correspondence received at the service address. Unlike the company’s registered office address, the address you provide as a service address can be either residential or commercial and doesn’t even have to be in the UK.

Who else needs to provide a service address?

If you’re a Person of Significant Control (PSC) of your company but not a director, you still need to provide a service address.

A PSC is an individual who:

  • Holds more than 25% of shares or voting rights in the company
  • Holds the right to appoint or remove the majority of the board of directors of the company
  • Has the right to exercise significant influence or control over a company or other entity such as a trust.

Other company representatives who need to provide a service address are Company Secretaries and LLP members.

How can Crunch help?

If you’re a Crunch client, you’ll be pleased to hear that Crunch has partnered with Hoxton Mix to offer a great value service address package. This gives you an address in Shoreditch, London, that can be used as your publicly available address. Speak to your client manager if you want to know more about the service. Crunch Plus clients get the ‘Director Service Address’ add-on from Hoxton Mix as part of their package. Crunch can also help clients on other packages for a small extra fee.

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Written by Jake Smith

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