File accounts early and online to avoid delays

File accounts early and online to avoid delays

Published: September 8th, 2021

Marches businesses are being urged to file their accounts to Companies House in plenty of time before the end of September deadline.

Companies House is continuing to follow government guidance for working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) meaning it could take longer than usual to process paper documents sent by post.

File your accounts online here.

It recommends using online services, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where possible and there are inbuilt checks to help you avoid mistakes.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish and you’ll know your accounts have been delivered on time. You will receive an email to confirm your accounts have been received and another email when they have been registered.

To file online, you’ll need your company authentication code. If you need to request a new code, you should allow up to 5 days for this to arrive at the company’s registered office.

You can also use third party software to file your accounts.

You should only send paper accounts if your company cannot file online. Accounts filed on paper need to be manually checked and processed during office opening hours. If you need to file your accounts on paper, you should send them well before the deadline. This will give you plenty of time to correct your accounts and resend them if they are rejected. You should also consider using a guaranteed next day delivery, but postal delays will not be accepted as an excuse for filing late.

It’s the directors’ responsibility to file a company’s accounts. You could get a criminal record, a fine and disqualification if you do not deliver your accounts on time.

You must file accounts even if your company is dormant or not trading

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