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Late Filing Penalties

Do all companies who file their accounts late get penalised?

Yes, irrespective of their size, status or whether they are trading or not. This includes dormant, flat management and charitable companies.

Is the size of penalty the same for all companies?

No. There is one scale of penalties for private companies and another, higher scale for PLCs.

Will the Registrar accept any mitigating circumstances if the accounts are delivered late?

Yes. The Registrar has discretion not to collect a penalty, but exercises it in a company’s favour only in the most exceptional circumstances.

Directors have to fulfil all their legal duties despite being in ill-health or elderly. Any director whose ability is impaired should ensure that a replacement is appointed or that other directors know the situation and make appropriate arrangements. Neither ill health nor advancing years will allow the Registrar to exercise discretion and not collect late filing penalties.

Will my company be penalised if the accounts are delayed in the post?

Yes. Accounts are only regarded as delivered when they arrive at Companies House.

Will the Registrar accept accounts, which are faxed to him?

No. Accounts must contain original signatures.

What should I do if the filing deadline is close?

Use a guaranteed next day delivery service. Do not rely on first class post to deliver a letter the next day.

Do late filing penalties apply to any other documents?

No only to accounts.

What should I do if I cannot meet the deadline?

Contact Companies House immediately and consider applying for an extension of filing time.