Do you need a Joint / Partnership Business Account?

As a co-owner of a partnership, you will have to maintain a long to-do list in the first few months. You might be considering whether to open a dedicated business account for your new company. Watch this video to get the solution to your queries.

Do you need a business bank account for a partnership?

There are several types of partnerships when it comes to the legal structures of businesses. For doing a Partnership business, you need a business bank account. But it is not necessary to open a dedicated business bank account if you have a general partnership.

As a sole trader, you can continue using a personal account for business transactions if you prefer.

However, there are some advantages to having a separate account for business. You must think about these factors when selecting a bank account, as they can have an impact on how your business operates now and in the future.

Advantages of having a bank account:

  • It helps to separate business and personal transactions
  • Make accounting and cash flow management easier, which will help in the submission of tax returns to HMRC.
  • It gives your business a professional look.
  • Allow your company to take credit card payments from customers.
  • Allow your company to apply for loans and other forms of funding.

At some time, your bank may ask you to switch to a business account. Also, if the bank notices that the account is being used for a large amount of money or a large number of transactions, they may threaten to close it unless you open a dedicated business account instead of using a personal bank account for business purposes.

When do you need a business account?

Certain business types are obliged by law to have their dedicated business account. These are some of them:

  • Limited partnerships (LPs)
  • Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)

These are the legal entities that must be managed separately. It means that all day-to-day transactions, as well as accounts, must be handled separately.

How to get a joint business account for partnership?

Applying for a partnership bank account with your other company directors is similar to applying for a sole trader bank account.

You must give the following information at the time of applying for a partnership bank account:

  • Company details – Registered address, contact details and Companies House registration (for limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships).
  • Projected yearly turnover and other financial details – Some banks may ask for additional proof of good credit history.
  • All company directors must provide proof of identification and residence.

Credit and other checks will be performed during the process, which may take up to 1-4 weeks. Your new joint business bank account will be open and ready to use after this process is completed.

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