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Companies House filing and other changes

July 08

Filing deadlines:

Companies with accounting periods beginning on or after the 6 April 2008 should note the following changes to the filing deadlines with Companies House.

1. Private companies and LLPs - the delivery deadline has been reduced by one month from 10 to 9 months.

2. Public companies - the delivery deadline has been reduced by one month from 7 to 6 months.

Consequential changes include:

  • Full calendar months for filing periods have been introduced. Where the accounting period ends on a month end date the accounts filing period will end on a month end date. (Except for the first accounting period)
  • Qualifying companies can still file abbreviated accounts.

Late filing penalties, private companies: (Penalties for public companies are shown in brackets)

The penalties shown below apply to late filing of accounts on or after 1 February 2009.

  • Not more than 1 month late, penalty £150 (£750)
  • More than 1 month but not more than 3 months late, £375 (£1500)
  • More than 3 months but not more than 6 months late, £750 (£3000)
  • More than 6 months late, £1500 (£7500)

If company fails to file on time for two successive years, the penalties are doubled in the second year.

Company secretary

From 6 April 2008 private companies can chose whether they wish to have a company secretary or not.

If you decide to dispense with a company secretary's appointment you will need to:

1. Notify Companies House using the appropriate form.

2. Amend the company's articles of association. (Only necessary if the articles specifically require that company has a secretary.)

A company can now have a sole director and no company secretary.

Please note that from 1 October 2008, if you do keep your company secretary, they will be able to file a service address for the public record.

Hilton Sharp & Clarke