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COVID 19:  what if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time?

COVID 19: what if your company cannot file accounts with Companies House on time?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

If COVID 19 has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts at Companies House, you can apply for an extension.

Accounts are usually due for filing nine months after the year end. If you can still meet the deadline, you should.

However, if it becomes apparent that it will not be possible to file on time due to your company being affected by COVID 19 you can make an application to Companies House for an immediate three month extension.   

  • The extension is not automatic and must be applied for;
  • A three month extension will be granted (but please see below if you have already extended or shortened your year end);
  • It must be applied for before the normal filing deadline; and
  • The application is made online.

You only need your company number to apply.

Companies House have confirmed that companies that have already extended their filing deadline, or shortened their accounting reference period may be ineligible for an extension.

Further information, including a link to the online application, is available from gov.uk.

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss your requirements for the next step, please get in touch with your usual MHA Larking-Gowen contact in the first instance or at enquiry@larking-gowen.co.uk.

Chris Yeates

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