Failing to submit annual accounts, or submitting them late, will result in financial penalties. You can even be struck off the register of companies in certain circumstances.
If you do not submit your annual accounts by the official deadline you must meet, then you will have to pay a financial penalty.
If you fail to file your accounts altogether, then you risk being struck off the register of companies.
But annual accounts are not just something you must comply with. They are also a valuable tool in providing you with a clear picture of your business’s financial health.
Therefore, if you fail to submit them, you are also putting your company at risk, because it is much less likely that you will have clarity you need to understand your current position, and to plan for the future.
When you first incorporate your company, you are given an accounting reference date (ARD). This date is your financial year-end.
For example, if your ARD is 31 June 2018, then every year, you would need to submit your annual accounts by 31 March the following year.
The penalty for late filing of accounts is a sliding scale, which increases according to the time after your deadline.
Currently, these penalty rates are:
There are no fees for submitting your accounts to Companies House.
Before filing your accounts, you should check what kind of accounts you need to file – small companies and micro-entities can file simpler accounts.
You have nine months from your financial year end, or ARD, to submit your company accounts.
You must continue to submit your annual company accounts for as long as you have a registered limited company. This applies whether your company is trading or not.
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