Thank you. The stock transfer form was signed in 2007 and sent to the Stamp Duty office at the time to pay the £5 and returned to us but I can't remember if it was sent anywhere else thereafter by the accountant.
The 2011 Annual Return shows my partner's name with 100 ordinary shares and the date of registration of the transfer as 2007 (that is the handwritten paper return). The 2012 computerised return which has a different format and wording shows my name under the list of shareholders.
If as you say that means I am the shareholder since 2012, does it mean that if we don't do anything, Companies House think that I own the shares? Would this be an error from either Companies House or an error from my accountant not registering forms in 2007? Is it the Annual Return that determines who owns the shares?
It is a small business that was run from home and now has hardly any turnover as we are both in full time employment so there are no minutes of board meetings etc.
My partner needs to submit US tax returns for the period 2012 to present and part of that has a section about declaring if there is any interest (shareholding) in a UK Ltd Company. Based on the last few AR01 forms we had for recent years which has my name as shareholder, we thought the accountant didn't change the shares over when the Directorship changed so thought the answer would be 'No' to shareholding as we assumed it was never done by the accountant.
Now having checked the earlier Annual Returns that show my partner's name after the transfer of Directorship in 2007, we are not sure what to put on the form as it looks like the accountant notified Companies House of the change in 2007 via the Annual Return but then in 2012 it has changed back to me.
So the bot***** *****ne is, is it the Annual Return that determines officially who owns the shares? So if we don't change anything now, would I officially be the shareholder and can correctly state on the form that my partner does not own any shares?
Thank you for clearing this up. Just to clarify;
-To match what is showing on Companies House, do we just need to show this change on the internal Company Register and issue a share certificate to reflect the same to show that at the end of 2011 (after the 2011 Annual Return was submitted that still shows my partner's name) the shares were transferred back to my name?
Do we also need to complete another Stock Transfer form to reflect the 2011 date that is kept with the Company books?