I left the UK for good years ago, but I still have a private limited company there (that I own 100%) and because of that I have to file self assessment which is just a series of zeros in every input field because the private limited company is also not doing any business.

When filling out the self assessment, there is a question about whether I am a director of a private limited company or not (I am) and when I choose yes they ask for my P45/60 as provided by my private limited company to me. The problem is, I'm not on the payroll because I never paid myself a salary for being director and therefore there's no P45/P60 either so this leaves me with 2 options for filling out the personal self assessment AFAIK:

  1. Just assume by "director" they mean a salaried employee and since that I am not, just claim that I am not a director of any company in the UK.
  2. Just fill out a P45/P60 template with a bunch of zeros on it (truth) and provided that when filling out my personal self assessment.

Question: What is the correct course of action here?

  • Is there any reason not to just wind up the company if it's not doing any business?
    – Vicky
    Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 9:34
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    @Vicky - a set-up company is a beautiful thing to lose. they're almost always worth hanging on to.
    – Fattie
    Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 13:22
  • @Vicky Exactly the same thoughts here as mentioned by Fattie. :-)
    – Peter
    Commented Oct 19, 2020 at 15:47

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TLDR: Check 'No' and make a note explaining that there was no income from the directorship.

Longer version: After having paid a professional to do it for me I can confirm that what they ended up doing is ticking 'No' for directorship on the basis that I had no income from said directorship and then provided a free-form explanation stating that the reason why they ticked 'No' is as stated above.

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