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Extension to the new 6 / 9 month accounts filing deadline !

The new Companies Act, which comes into force later this year, changes the strict ruling on when a filing deadline ends. Under the Companies Act 1985, a company’s filing deadline was strictly 10 months (private co) 7 months (public co) after its year end so that for a private company with a 28 February year end the latest filing date was 28 December (and not the 31 December). Many companies (and accountants) assumed that it was the end of the tenth month by which they had to file with Companies House and this led to the Registrar of Companies imposing numerous penalties.

Under the new rules if your year end is the end of a month then the filing deadline becomes the end of the relevant month either 6 or 9 months later. Good news if your year end is February, April, June, September or November.



Date: 15th May, 2007
Author: Gary Farnes


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