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Business details #7

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govuk-design-system opened this issue Jan 12, 2018 · 2 comments

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commented Jan 12, 2018

What

Help users provide information about a business. Some types include:

  • sole trader
  • partnership
  • limited liability company
  • limited liability partnership
  • unincorporated association
  • charity
  • cooperative
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commented Feb 22, 2019

Dropbox Paper audit

On 22 February 2019 the Design System team reviewed a Dropbox Paper document discussing the Business Type pattern.

The aim was to reduce the number of places containing guidance and code by:

  • migrating relevant, useful content into the Design System itself
  • recording important research findings in the community backlog
  • removing the original Dropbox Paper page

Below is a record of the outcomes of that review.

If you need to, you can see the original Dropbox Paper content in the internet archive.

Review outcomes

Updates to the Design System

The Design System team will carry out the following updates to ensure that relevant, useful content from the Dropbox Paper file is added to the Design System.

  • this issue is logged in the backlog and marked as to do
  • draft content for this guidance added to this issue for reference
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commented Feb 22, 2019

When to use this pattern

Not everyone knows or remembers their type of business, and the terms have changed over the years. If you can avoid asking the question then do so. Consider whether you can look the information up automatically.

How it works

Explain what the terms mean

Common causes of confusion include:
self-employed people not recognising themselves as being sole traders
clubs / associations not recognising the term ‘unincorporated body'
confusion between two sole traders who divide work up between themselves, and the legal concept of Partnership

Research on this pattern

HMRC

Type of business:
Individual / soletrader
Limited company
Limited Liability Partnership
Ordinary Partnership
Unincorporated body
Non-UK company

We've already found that people didn't understand that the term 'Corporate body' has changed to 'Limited company'.

Legal Aid

From Christine Elliot:
"We ask them to specify Self Employment / Business Partnership/ Shareholder and/or Company Director in a private limited company. A minority of users do get confused with the questions but generally this is not an issue and when it does happen it is resolved by writing out for clarification.

This is accompanied with the following help text:

Are you self employed?
By self employed we mean anyone who is engaged in a trade, profession or vocation as
a sole trader (i.e. you have sole ownership of the business and its profits). This includes
anyone who is required to complete a self-assessment tax return as a self employed
person. If you operate in partnership with someone else (i.e. you share the ownership of
the business and its profits with one or more other person) you should answer no to
this question and refer to question 2 below.

Are you a partner in a business partnership?
By business partnership we mean anyone who is engaged in a trade, profession or
vocation which is operated in partnership with someone else (i.e. you share the
ownership of the business and its profits with one or more other person) but the
business is not incorporated as a company. This includes anyone who is required to
complete a self-assessment tax return as a partner.

You should answer yes to this question even if you are a sleeping partner (i.e. you are
not actively involved in the partnership, but you are entitled to a share of the business
and its profits).

Are you a shareholder in a private limited company and/or a company director?
By company director we mean anyone registered as a director of an incorporated body/
company (excluding charities), whether or not they hold shares in that body/company.

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