CIC Accounting Services

At Yorkshire Accountancy, we are passionate about helping Community Interest Companies (CICs) thrive and make a positive impact in our communities. Our comprehensive services are designed to address the unique needs of CICs, including accounting, taxation advice, and formation assistance.

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CIC Accounting Services – Supporting Community Interest Companies in Achieving Their Goals

Managing finances is crucial to the success of any organization, and CICs are no exception. Our experienced team of accountants is well-versed in the specific accounting requirements for CICs. We offer a wide range of services, such as:

  • Bookkeeping and financial record keeping
  • Preparation and filing of annual accounts
  • Management accounting and financial reporting
  • Cash flow management and budgeting

With our tailored CIC accounting services, you can focus on your mission while we handle the numbers.

CIC Taxation Advice

Navigating the complex world of taxation can be challenging for CICs. Our expert team is here to guide you through the tax landscape, ensuring compliance and identifying opportunities to optimize your tax position. Our CIC taxation advice services include:

  • Corporation Tax planning and compliance
  • VAT registration, planning, and returns
  • PAYE and payroll services
  • Tax-efficient strategies for your CIC

With our in-depth knowledge and expertise, you can be confident that your CIC is in good hands when it comes to taxation matters.

CIC Formation and Registration

Starting a CIC can be a rewarding experience, but the process can be daunting. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, from choosing the right structure to registering with Companies House and the CIC Regulator. Our CIC formation and registration services cover:

  • Guidance on choosing the best CIC structure for your organization
  • Assistance with preparing the necessary documents, including the Memorandum and Articles of Association and CIC36 Form
  • Submission of documents and registration fees to Companies House and the CIC Regulator
  • Support with setting up a bank account and other initial operational tasks

With our expertise in CIC formation and registration, you can start your CIC journey on the right foot.

At Yorkshire Accountancy, we are committed to providing exceptional service and support to Community Interest Companies. Let us be your partner in achieving your CIC’s goals and making a lasting impact in the community. Contact us today to learn more about our tailored services for CICs.

How to set up a CIC?

Things to consider when starting a CIC. A simple guide to CIC

We’re here to help you navigate the process of setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC). This type of organization is designed to benefit the community while still allowing you to run a sustainable business. Let’s dive into the key things to consider when starting a CIC and provide you with a simple guide to follow.

1. What is a CIC?

A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a type of social enterprise in the UK, designed to provide benefits to the community while still operating as a business. CICs have a “community interest” focus, meaning they must use their assets and profits to create a positive impact on society.

2. Understand the CIC structure options

When setting up a CIC, you have three different structure options to choose from:

  • CIC Limited by Shares: This option allows you to issue shares and distribute dividends to shareholders, albeit within capped limits.
  • CIC Limited by Guarantee: This structure has no share capital, and its members guarantee to contribute a fixed amount if the company is wound up. This is a common choice for charities and non-profit organizations.
  • CIC Public Limited Company (PLC): A CIC PLC can offer shares to the public, but this option is less common due to its complex nature and additional regulatory requirements.

3. Develop a clear business plan

A strong business plan is crucial for any CIC. It should outline your organization’s objectives, target audience, revenue streams, marketing strategies, and financial projections. A well-thought-out plan will not only help you secure funding, but it will also provide guidance as your CIC grows and evolves.

4. Prepare the necessary documents

To register a CIC, you’ll need to submit the following documents to Companies House:

  • Form IN01: This form provides essential information about your company, such as its name, address, and director(s).
  • Memorandum of Association: This document outlines the initial subscribers to the company’s shares or guarantees.
  • Articles of Association: These are the rules governing the management of the CIC, including its purpose and how decisions are made.
  • CIC36 Form: This form demonstrates how your organization meets the community interest test, detailing your company’s activities and how they will benefit the community.

5. Register with Companies House and the CIC Regulator

Once you have prepared the necessary documents, submit them to Companies House for registration. You will also need to pay the required fees for both Companies House and the CIC Regulator. After your application has been reviewed and approved, you’ll receive a Certificate of Incorporation, and your CIC will be officially registered.

6. Set up a bank account and manage finances

As with any business, it’s essential to set up a dedicated bank account for your CIC. This will help you manage your organization’s finances effectively and maintain transparent records. Don’t forget to engage with a reliable accountancy firm, like Yorkshire Accountancy, to support your financial management and ensure compliance with tax regulations.

7. Promote your CIC and secure funding

Once your CIC is up and running, focus on promoting your organization and its mission. Networking, social media marketing, and local partnerships can all help raise awareness and generate support. Additionally, explore various funding opportunities available to CICs, such as grants, loans, and investments from socially responsible investors. Maintaining a strong online presence and showcasing the impact of your work will make your CIC more attractive to potential funders.

8. Keep up with ongoing compliance and reporting requirements

As a CIC, you’ll need to stay on top of your compliance and reporting obligations. This includes filing annual accounts, a CIC report, and a confirmation statement with Companies House. Your CIC report should detail your organization’s activities, community impact, and how you’ve used your assets for the community’s benefit. It’s essential to keep accurate financial records and stay informed about any changes in CIC regulations to ensure you remain compliant.

In conclusion, setting up a Community Interest Company can be an exciting and rewarding process. By following these steps and keeping your organization’s mission at the forefront, you can create a sustainable business that makes a positive difference in your community. As always, Yorkshire Accountancy is here to support you with all your accounting and financial management needs. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions

CIC Accounting Services | FAQ’s

A CIC (Community Interest Company) works by combining the operational aspects of a traditional company with a focus on benefiting the community. It operates as a business, generating income through its activities, but uses its profits and assets primarily for the benefit of the community it serves.

Yes, a CIC can make a profit. However, the primary purpose of a CIC is to benefit the community, so any profits made must be used to further the CIC’s community objectives. A CIC can distribute a limited amount of its profits to shareholders, but this is subject to a cap known as the “dividend cap.”

The main difference between a CIC and a charity is their legal structure and purpose. A CIC is a type of company that operates with a community focus, while a charity is a non-profit organization established for charitable purposes. Charities benefit from more tax exemptions and reliefs than CICs, but they also have more restrictions on how they can operate and use their funds. CICs have more flexibility in their operations, but they don’t enjoy the same level of tax benefits as charities.

Being a CIC (Community Interest Company) means that your organization is legally registered and operates as a social enterprise, focusing on benefiting the community. CICs are required to use their assets and profits primarily for the community’s benefit, and they must comply with specific regulations, including reporting requirements and an “asset lock” to prevent the inappropriate use of assets.

Some downsides of a CIC include:

Limited tax benefits compared to charities.
Restrictions on profit distribution due to the dividend cap.
The asset lock, which may limit the organization’s flexibility in using its assets.
Compliance with additional regulations and reporting requirements.

Disadvantages of a CIC include:

Limited access to certain grants and funding opportunities compared to charities.
Fewer tax benefits and exemptions than charities.
Restrictions on profit distribution and asset use due to the dividend cap and asset lock.
Additional reporting requirements and regulations that can be time-consuming and administratively burdensome.

A CIC pays Corporation Tax on its taxable profits, just like any other company. The current Corporation Tax rate in the UK is 19%. CICs don’t benefit from the same tax exemptions and reliefs as charities, so their tax liability may be higher than that of a comparable charitable organisation.

Yes, CICs have to pay tax. They are subject to Corporation Tax on their taxable profits, as well as other taxes such as VAT and PAYE, depending on their specific activities and circumstances.

Yes, a CIC can get a mortgage. However, securing a mortgage as a CIC might be more challenging than for a traditional company due to the CIC’s specific structure and the asset lock. Some lenders may require additional security or guarantees to approve a mortgage for a CIC.

You need at least one director for a CIC. However, it’s common for CICs to have multiple directors to ensure a diverse range of skills and experience within the organization.

The cost to set up a CIC varies depending on your specific circumstances. The standard registration fee with Companies House is £27 for online applications or £40 for paper applications. Additionally, there is a £15 fee to register with the CIC Regulator. These fees cover the basic costs of setting up a CIC. However, other costs may include professional fees for legal, accounting, and other advisory services, as well as any initial expenses related to setting up your organization’s operations.

Some benefits of being a CIC include:

Legal recognition as a social enterprise focused on benefiting the community.
Flexibility in operations compared to a charity, allowing for more diverse income streams and business models.
Limited liability for directors and members, protecting personal assets from the company’s debts.
Access to certain grants and funding opportunities specifically designed for social enterprises.
The ability to issue shares and pay dividends (subject to the dividend cap) in the case of CICs limited by shares.
Enhanced credibility with stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and partners, due to the community-focused nature of the CIC.

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