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Limited Companies have to file a set of accounts every year at Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs. Failure to file your accounts in time will lead to a penalty being issued by Companies House.
Issuing penalties for late filing first started in 1992 to reduce the number of companies that filed their accounts late or did not submit any accounts. Since then the penalties have increased to encourage more directors to file the accounts on time.
Current penalties are-
Private Limited Company (LTD)
Public Limited Company (PLC)
Can you avoid the penalty?
In most cases the answer is no. Under the Companies Act 2006 Directors have sufficient time to file a set of accounts. It is the company director’s responsibility to know when accounts are due and to file them on time.
You can appeal against a penalty but only under exceptional circumstances. Companies House state this would be an ‘unforeseen catastrophe’ and use the example of your accounts being destroyed in a fire just days before the filing date.
In the last 20 years we have not seen a company successfully avoid a penalty. The reality is that directors of a company have months to find an accountant, prepare the accounts correctly and submit them to Companies House.
You cannot appeal because your accountant was supposed to be submitting the accounts, you are based overseas, another director left the company, or because you filed incorrectly prepared accounts.
To avoid a penalty-
Remember, if you are a company director it is your responsibility to know when accounts are due and to ensure they are filed on time.
Please note Companies House processing times are an estimate only and not guaranteed.
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