Companies House Filing Deadlines

Companies House Filing Deadlines

Companies House Filing Deadlines – Overview

This blog provides an overview of Companies House filing deadlines.

As a general rule of thumb, the accounts for a private limited company have to be filed at Companies House 9 months after the financial year end.

For example, if the accounting year end is 31st December 2017, the accounts have to be filed at Companies House by 30th September 2018.

However, this is not the case for a newly formed limited company. When a new limited company is incorporated (formed), the financial year end for the accounts is the end of the month in which the company was set up.

If a new limited company was incorporated (formed) on 15th June 2017, the financial year end for the accounts will be the end of June since this is the month in which the company was set up. The company’s financial year end will therefore be the 30th June. The first set of accounts will have to be prepared up until 30th June 2018.

As a general rule of thumb, the accounts for a private limited company have to be filed at Companies House 9 months after the financial year end. However, this is not the case for a newly formed limited company. For the first financial period, the accounts have to be filed 21 months after the date of incorporation (the date that the company was formed at Companies House).

For example, if a company was incorporated (formed) at Companies House on 23rd October 2016, the first financial year end will be 31st October 2017 BUT the filing deadline is 23rd July 2018 (since this is 21 months after the date that the company was incorporated).

Late Filing Penalties

It is important that you file your limited company accounts on time at Companies House. This is because there are late filing penalties if the accounts are not filed on time. These late filing penalties also increase depending on how late the accounts are filed at Companies House.

Time after the deadline

Penalty (for private limited companies)

Up to 1 month

£150

1 to 3 months

£375

3 to 6 months

£750

More than 6 months

£1,500

For further information on Companies House Filing Deadlines, please contact Stallion Accountancy Services.

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