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How much does a Member’s Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) cost?

A Member’s Voluntary Liquidation (MVL) is typically proposed by the director(s) when the business has ceased to trade, and the company is no longer required. It is a tax-efficient way of distributing company assets amongst shareholders, allowing shareholders to claim Entrepreneur’s Relief should they meet the relevant criteria. It is a formal procedure governed by the Insolvency Act 1986 and must be carried out by a licensed insolvency practitioner. Our standard MVL cost is £795 + VAT and disbursements, however, this can rise depending on the nature and complexity of the liquidation.

There are certain duties which must be undertaken by the liquidator, such as the drafting and submission of statutory paperwork to Companies House, the calculation and distribution of company funds to shareholders, and liaising with HM Revenue & Customs to obtain clearance for the liquidation to be completed and the company dissolved.

What are the costs

Our standard cost of an MVL, is a fixed fee of £795 + VAT + disbursements. This standard fee applies to cases where the company’s only asset is cash at bank, and all liabilities have been settled. If the case is more complex and there is a need for physical assets to be realised, outstanding liabilities to be paid or assets to be distributed in specie, then our fees will be higher.

The costs involved in processing an MVL are usually drawn directly from the company assets held in the liquidation i.e. cash at bank and is approved by the shareholders. The balance is then distributed in accordance with the company’s shareholding. As such we do not usually require payment upfront for an MVL. There are also some statutory disbursements.

Pricing Structure

Our costing for an MVL has a pricing structure which is based on a three-tiered system, designed to suit the individual requirements of each company. The cost is split into two different sections, the liquidator fees, which involves all the work and duties carried out by our insolvency practitioner. The secondary part involved in the cost is the disbursements, which are a mandatory part of the MVL process.

£795 MVL + VAT & disbursements

This is for a straight-forward MVL where the company has no outstanding liabilities, and all assets have been turned into cash.

£1,695 MVL + VAT & disbursements

If the liquidation of your company is more complex and there are outstanding liabilities to be settled, or assets to be distributed in specie; our £1,695 MVL option would be the most appropriate.

Bespoke MVL + VAT & disbursements

With our bespoke MVL we will carry out the valuation and sale of any physical assets, and deal with any disputed creditor claims against your company. We also offer a free face-to-face meeting with one of our consultants, as well as providing constant support and guidance throughout the process.

We find a large proportion of companies qualify for our low cost £795 MVL.

Liquidator fees

An MVL is a formal liquidation procedure and must be carried out by a licensed insolvency practitioner. There are certain duties which we must undertake, such as the drafting and submission of the appropriate MVL forms and facilitating the entire process.

The table below details our pricing structure and provides a breakdown of the items covered in each price bracket. Every company is different, and we can offer a bespoke package if required.

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£795 MVL£1,695 MVLBespoke MVL
All work done by phone/email/post
Tax efficient distribution to shareholders
Dedicated case worker
Suitable for companies who…
Cash distribution
Have outstanding liabilities
Assets distributed in specie Directors Loans Stocks, shares & investments Title to assets (excl property)
HMRC Refunds
Distribution in specie to title of property
Physical assets to be realised
Consultant support
HMRC investigations & disputed creditor claims
Restructuring MVL (Section 110)

*If required we offer a face to face consultation with our bespoke MVL package.

Disbursements

There are several statutory disbursements incurred as part of the liquidation process. These are part of the cost of an MVL and are as follows:

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DisbursementsCost £
Three statutory Advertisements The Notice of Appointment of the Liquidator. Winding Up Resolutions. Notice to Creditors to Submit Claims.
Three statutory advertisements are required in the London Gazette at £76.20 + VAT each.
£228.60 + VAT
total cost
Document management fee
Licensing for storage of electronic documents.
£8.43 + VAT
per year
Bank transfer fee per shareholder’s distribution
Admin transaction fee per bank transfer.
£15
per transfer
Storage of books & records per box
Records must be held for the lifetime of the case and for 12 months following dissolution.
£80 + VAT
per year
Collecting company books and records
Costs incurred for collecting the Company’s books and records. At cost by courier, price to be confirmed based on location and quantity.
Price based on location & quantity + VAT
Liquidator’s insurance bond - based on asset value
Cost of the insurance bond is based on the value of assets that the company has.
Between £25,000 to £50,000£74
Between £50,000 to £100,000£110
Between £100,000 to £250,000£168
Between £250,000 to £500,000£256
Between £500,000 to £1,000,000£336
Between £1,000,000 to £2,000,000£650
Between £2,000,000 to £3,500,000£800

In summary

The cost of an MVL starts at a fixed fee of £795 + VAT and disbursements for a standard MVL. If all creditors have been paid and there is only cash at bank left to distribute, the liquidation process should run smoothly and hence there should be less work involved. If there are other assets to realise or creditors to pay, this involves more work and hence our fixed fee will increase to £1,695 + VAT. In the case of more complex MVL’s we offer a bespoke package to meet the individual needs of the company.

The provisions of Entrepreneur’s Relief mean that an MVL is a tax-efficient way for shareholders to withdraw their funds from the company, rather than by taking it out as a dividend. The distribution of company assets through an MVL allows shareholders to claim Entrepreneur’s Relief should they be eligible. An MVL is a formal procedure governed by the Insolvency Act 1986 and must be carried out by a licensed insolvency practitioner.

How we can help

If you have a solvent company which you believe has come to the end of its natural life span and you want to extract the assets from the company in a tax-efficient manner, it’s important to know the options available to you.

We can offer you a fixed fee service, with no hidden costs. All work is carried out by one of our licensed insolvency practitioners, assisted by a dedicated caseworker who will guide you through the liquidation process.

Authored by Andy Wood

Andy Wood

Associate Director & Licensed Insolvency Practitioner

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