Extending Your Year-End Filing Deadline with Companies House – 01.07.2023

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As a small business owner in the UK, it is crucial to stay compliant with Companies House regulations, including the timely filing of your annual accounts. However, unforeseen circumstances or challenges may arise, causing delays in preparing and submitting your year-end accounts. As an accountancy firm, we understand the importance of avoiding penalties and maintaining compliance. In this blog post, we will provide guidance on applying to extend your year-end filing deadline with Companies House, enabling you to navigate this process smoothly and responsibly.

Understanding the Deadlines: In the UK, small businesses must file their annual accounts with Companies House within nine months of their financial year-end. Failure to meet this deadline can result in fines and penalties. However, if you anticipate that your year-end accounts will be late, it is possible to apply for an extension and mitigate these consequences.

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for an extension, your small business must meet specific criteria:

  1. Submit the application before the filing deadline.
  2. No previous extensions granted.
  3. No changes to the financial year-end in the current or previous year.
  4. Provide valid reasons for the delay in filing the accounts.

Applying for an Extension: To apply for an extension, follow these steps:

  1. Gather the necessary documents: Collect relevant information such as your small business details, registration number, financial year-end, and well-substantiated reasons for the delay.
  2. Complete the application form: Download Form AA01 – Application for an extension of the accounting period from the Companies House website, or you can apply to extend your deadline on the Government website 
  3. Submit the application: Utilise the Companies House WebFiling service or send the completed form via post well in advance of the filing deadline to allow for processing time.
  4. Await the decision: Companies House will review your application and assess its merits. If approved, you will receive a confirmation letter (if done online you will receive a confirmation email)  granting the extension. Retain this letter for your records and reference it when filing your accounts.
  5. File accounts within the extended deadline: Note that receiving an extension does not exempt you from filing your accounts. Ensure completion and submission of your year-end accounts within the extended deadline provided. Failure to do so will result in penalties, irrespective of the granted extension.

Conclusion: At our accountancy firm, we offer guidance to small business owners in the UK seeking an extension for their year-end filing deadline with Companies House. By understanding the eligibility criteria and following the outlined application process, you can navigate this process smoothly and maintain compliance. Remember to provide valid reasons for the delay, file your accounts within the extended deadline, and retain the confirmation letter for future reference. Prioritise proactive and responsible financial management to ensure smooth operations and compliance with legal requirements for your small business.

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