Thanks for your help again. I think the question I meant to ask is "Is the simple accounts template which is free to use on HMRC adequate for a company which invests in another company's shares? or do I need to do accounts in another format then ixbrl them or whatever?" I know what you mean re error messages which are slow to clear after amendments, but as I only do accounts for 2 companies I just put up with it!
Likewise, I do it for rather more and it's still a pain! It usually gets easier the longer you run the ornagisations.
Yes the free to use format should work with your companies with a bit of juggling with Company A.
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As follow-up to the internet article you referred me too, I had read a useful one too, perhaps better laid out, re dividend tax - on http://www.hl.co.uk/news/articles/budget-2015-changes-to-dividend-tax-explained?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=E00IC_NEW%20Investors%20Chronicle_175%20(1)&utm_content=article2&theSource=E00IC&Override=1&sp_mid=49070962&sp_rid=d2lsbHlyb3NzQGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2 - you might be interested. Regards.
Thank you for that tip, a very good summary.