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I currently run my retail business as a sole trader but wish

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I currently run my retail business as a sole trader but wish to form a UK limited company.
The problem I'm concerned with is the stock I already own; how do I value it (I sell about 500 different lines) and how do I show HMRC this transfer of ownership from myself to the ltd co.?
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This is no different from an end of year stock check for accounting purposes. Your accountant should value this for you, but generally it would be the current value of the stock.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The impression I get from reading about this situation is that in effect I sell my assets (the stock) to the limited company. Surely if this is the case I need to show this to HMRC as a credit to me as sole trader and a debit to the ltd co. Is that correct, and if so whereabouts on a tax return would you put such items?

Yes it would be an asset. When sold you put this in the income column. The debit could be that is your capital into the ltd co which you dont record on a tax return.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

How accurate does the valuation need to be? It would take a long time to find out the purchase price for each stock item and also stock levels fluctuate on an hourly basis as they are sold.

It needs to be as accurate as you can reasonably make it.

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