Registering a client for CT: the CT41G problem
Agents looking to register a new company for corporation tax will no longer have access to the official CT41G form, but will now be able to complete the task online.
AccountingWEB member b1lly originally posted the question “CT41G - Has this form been withdrawn?” on Any Answers after his colleague was told the form didn't exist anymore.
The post received a lot of attention in the community and for a week it remained a mystery as to where this information should be entered online.
Many complained that HMRC had failed to give prior notice of withdrawing the old style CT41G with no explanation as to why it was done.
Some members were helpful enough to provide third-party PDFs of the form, but bjackson0510 said this was not acceptable: “I am tempted to just submit a 64-8 for CT and ignore the CT41G form altogether, as there is no longer a clear way an agent can prepare a CT41G for a client using forms currently available directly from HMRC. Borrowing PDFs from third parties is not an acceptable way forward for agents!”
After a wide range of responses from regional offices, and HMRC asking internally for more guidance on the matter, it took AccountingWEB member 1796971 just one sentence to clear it all up:
“If you go to your own firm's HMRC Online page, at the top is the 'Register for HMRC taxes' and you complete the details there”.
bjackson0510 provided more detail: “I have just logged in using my agent details and clicked through 'Register for HMRC taxes' as suggested. This allows an agent to register a client for corporation tax. It leads to an online form requesting pretty much the same info that is requested on the printed CT41Gs. You can specify the date trading started along with the accounting period dates etc.
“I take back my earlier criticism!....but why haven't we been told about this facility? and why don't the tax office staff seem to know about it either?” he said.
Aprid added that when he spoke to HMRC they said they thought when you next get an authorisation code for online linkage to a CT case there will be a screen where agents enter company info like the CT41G. But he said: “HMRC could not 100% confirm this as they did not have access to the system!?”
Have you had any issues registering online with HMRC?