Separate bank account

I have just started my own business- can you tell me if I should open a business bank account please?

1st November 2011

Assuming you are not operating a company, you are not legally obliged to open a separate business bank account. However, if you use a personal bank account to put the business transactions through, HM Revenue & Customs will have access to your personal accounts if they were to launch an enquiry into your affairs.

If you operate a company, you must open a separate business bank account for it- in the name of the company.

By Jo Nockels

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