Worried about late filing of accounts because of coronavirus?

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Companies House has issued advice for companies who are concerned that they may be unable to file their accounts, reports and confirmation statements on time because of the effects of coronavirus.

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It is important to note there is no automatic extension for filing – you
must take action before your filing deadline.

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Companies House states that if, immediately before the filing deadline, it becomes clear that accounts will be late because the company is affected by the coronavirus, the company may make an application to extend the time period allowed for filing.

However, if an extension is not sought, an automatic penalty will be imposed. Appeals based on a coronavirus defence will be considered under existing Companies House policies dealing with unforeseen poor health.

Companies House has published guidance on how to apply for more time – click here to read it. 


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