A company secretarial update
Companies House has introduced some temporary changes to filing requirements in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
These new measures came into force on 1 July 2020 and affect filings for public and private companies, LLPs and any overseas companies with UK filing obligations.
The temporary changes to filing affect:
Companies House will now automatically extend the filing deadline for businesses whose deadline for filing accounts falls between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021 (inclusive). Up to this point, an extension had to be applied for, whereas extensions are now being given automatically.
For private companies and LLPs, the filing deadline will be extended from 9 months to 12 months.
The extension applies to the original filing deadline and so any business that has previously applied for an extension will not benefit from a further extension.
Please note that the new measures are temporary and Companies House will not automatically extend a filing deadline that falls on 6 April 2021 or later, rather it will be necessary to apply for an extension after this date if you need more time to file your accounts.
Companies now have more time to file their annual confirmation statement, and the current 14 day deadline will be automatically extended to 42 days for all companies.
Ordinarily a company has 14 days to review the information shown on the confirmation statement and file any changes at Companies House, and the increased window will provide much needed breathing space to many businesses. Please note the period that the confirmation statement covers remains the same, it is just the deadline for filing which has been extended.
Event driven filings
There will now be a 42 day filing deadline for events such as changes to director details, information on PSCs, registered office address, amongst others. This increase from the usual 14 day deadline is again a temporary measure to assist businesses in the short term.
Voluntary strike off
Under other temporary measures, Companies House has suspended voluntary strike off applications (DS01) – this measure was introduced in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. From 10 September 2020 this suspension will be lifted and Companies House will start to dissolve companies that have already applied for voluntary dissolution.
This means that from 10 September, if a company has already submitted a DS01 and there have been no objections and the 2 month period following the Gazette publication has expired, the company will be struck off shortly after this date.