In a partnership, you and your partner (or partners) personally share responsibility for your business. This includes:
- any losses your business makes
- bills for things you buy for your business, like stock or equipment
Partners share the business’s profits, and each partner pays tax on their share.
A partner does not have to be an actual person. For example, a limited company counts as a ‘legal person’ and can also be a partner.
What you need to do
When you set up a business partnership you need to:
- choose a name
- choose a ‘nominated partner’
- register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
The ‘nominated partner’ is responsible for managing the partnership’s tax returns and keeping business records.