Dormant company

A dormant company is a company that carries out no business activities in the given period of time. Dormant companies do not engage in buying/selling for profit, not carrying on business or profession, providing services, earning interest, managing investments or receiving income.[1]

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, a dormant company is a company whose transactions have been limited to payment for shares taken by subscribers to the memorandum of association, fees paid to the Registrar of Companies for a change of company name, the re-registration of a company and filing annual returns and payment made in respect of civil penalties imposed by the Registrar of Companies for delivering accounts to the Registrar after the statutory time allowed for filing.[2]

Under the new Companies Act there are exceptions for certain companies. For example, some financial and insurance companies are under obligation to file their full accounts, regardless of their status.[3]


In Singapore, a dormant company is defined by two authorities: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). For ACRA the determining factor for dormancy is the lack of transactions. For IRAS, a company that does not generate income is considered dormant. The companies deemed dormant by the authorities can be exempted from filing annual financials and submitting tax return. For the latter, a waiver[4] has to be issued by IRAS.


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  2. Dormant company accounts Chapter 8 of Life of a Company - Part 1 Annual Requirements - GP2, Companies House
  3. "Is Your Company Dormant". fdanalytical. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  4. IRAS - Managing Taxes for Dormant Companies
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