Alex Watts : No.
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Alex Watts : Because you are not a limited company and a partnership instead, you don't need to disclose the true identify as such.
Alex Watts : If you were using different names and owned by a limited company you would need to inform customers that the business was Ltd and what the name was.
Alex Watts : As a partnership the owners and in effect you and wife.
Alex Watts : As such you don't need to put trading style.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
yes please could you clarify exactly what i need to put on my invoices.
can i invoice as "john and mary's leaflet distribution" even though there is no entitiy registered with hmrc in this name?
Alex Watts : Yes you can.
Alex Watts : You are a partnership and can call yourself whatever you want.
Alex Watts : Does that clarify?
yes, thanks and so do i need to put my name and wifes name on the invoices too? or is "john and mary's leaflet distribution" enough? i thought there was some kind of requirement that people need to be able to identify exactly who they are dealing with?
Alex Watts : You need to put a trading name and address on invoices yes.
Alex Watts : That can be yours or your wife.
Alex Watts : Does that help?
no its not really getting any clearer. what "trading name" can i use. does it have to be my name or my wifes name? or can it be "j&m leaflet distributon?"
Alex Watts : You can use any name you wish because you are not a Ltd company
Alex Watts : So yes you can use j&m leaflet distribution.
Alex Watts : Does that clarify it for you?
i think so. so just to be clear.
1. i need a "trading name" but it doesn't need to be either my name or my wifes name.
2. the trading name can be any name i choose
Alex Watts :
But you couldn't call yourselves LLoyds Bank of course for example
3. i can use as many trading names as i want and file the accounts to hmrc under the same business partnership
ok brilliant. that's all very easy :)
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