Transfer of Shares Service£49.99 +VATBuy Now

Limited company shares can be transferred or sold just like any other form of property. We offer a professional service for our clients, who wish to transfer shares from one shareholder to another, including all compliance paperwork.

Please note: Details of share transfers will not be updated on the Companies House register until after the filing of the next confirmation statement (previously known as the annual return). Clients wishing to record share changes now, should file a confirmation statement. If share changes are required to open a business bank account, we always recommend filing a confirmation statement.

We can prepare a confirmation statement as part of this order, at a discounted rate of £24.99 +VAT (including Companies House filing fee).

What is included in our price?

We will prepare the following documentation:

  • Stock Transfer Form: A stock transfer form must be completed to legally transfer ownership from the existing shareholder to a new shareholder. If shares are sold for more than £1,000, the new shareholder must send a copy of the transfer form to HMRC and pay the required Stamp Duty.
  • Meeting Minutes: All registered companies are required by Companies Act 2006 s.248 to maintain minutes of all meetings of the directors and for these to be available for inspection by any director of that company. The directors should approve share transfers and issue minutes confirming the approval.
  • Share Transfer Guidance - a guidance booklet is also included to help you execute the documentation correctly and to explain any additional procedures that might be required (such as how to send the Stock Transfer Form to HMRC for transfers with consideration greater than £1,000, as part of Stamp Duty payment).

How it works

  • Click on the ‘Buy Now’ button.
  • Enter the required details and complete the application form.
  • Check out and pay.
  • You will receive digital documents in 2-3 working days by email, including stock transfer form, meeting minutes and share certificate(s).
  • The stock transfer form needs to be signed by the transferor and transferee, and filed with your company records.
  • If instructed we will file a confirmation statement to record the share transfer(s).

Important points to note:

  • *Updated Statutory Registers are not included.
  • *If applicable, the stamp duty fee is not included.
  • *Documents will be delivered by email. Printed documents are available for an additional fee.
  • *Changes will not be visible on public record until a confirmation statement is filed at Companies House.
Transfer of Shares £49.99 +VAT

Click ‘Buy Now’ and complete the application form with details of the limited company shares you wish to issue.

Frequently asked questions

When will my documents be ready?

Documents will be sent to you by email within 2-3 working days, after all required information is provided.

Are there any restrictions on ordering our share transfer or share issuing services?

These services are only available to clients who set up their company through our websites, using our model articles of association. We do not offer these services to any clients who imported their company to our portal or formed their company somewhere else or used their own articles of association for the company formation.

What information do I need to provide about a new shareholder?

  • Full Name
  • Service Address (This address will be displayed on the share certificate)
  • The number of shares being transferred or issued.
  • If the new shareholder is also a PSC (person with significant control), then we also need his or her residential address, date of birth and nationality.

What class of shares can be issued?

For most companies, only Ordinary shares can be issued. Creation of additional share classes or amendments to the article of association are not included in this service, and must be purchased separately (speak to the Company Secretarial team by calling us on 020 7871 9990 or emailing us on cosec@rapidformations.co.uk for more information).

What is stamp duty?

Shares in excess of £1,000 incur a tax or duty of 0.5% on the transaction, which will be rounded up to the nearest £5.00. If you buy shares using a stock transfer form, you should send the form to HMRC for stamping, with stamp duty paid no later than 30 days after the date of the transfer. Your guidance booklet will explain what you need to do here.

Example - If you buy shares worth £1,050, you’ll pay 0.5% on this amount which is £5.25. Therefore the amount of £10 is payable in Stamp Duty.

What is a confirmation statement?

A confirmation statement (previously known as the annual return) is a report containing accurate and up-to-date information about a limited company on a certain date. The purpose of filing a confirmation statement (at least once every 12 months) is to confirm the limited company details, and report to Companies House any changes to shareholders' details and/or issued share capital.

Why should I file a confirmation statement?

If you would like to see updated shareholders' information on Companies House records, you should file a confirmation statement, otherwise new shareholders will not be visible until the next confirmation statement is filed. Most banks will request that up-to-date shareholder information is recorded at Companies House.

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