Company Accounts Filing Deadline Dates and Late Filing Penalties

This letter is just to remind you about the changes made to the filing deadlines for company accounts to the Registrar of Companies are now effective. Accounts with a start date of 6th April 2008 onwards must now be filed, at the latest, 9 months after the year end, rather than 10 months as was previously the deadline.

Also, late filing penalties have been revised and are more severe than previously. The new table of penalties for private companies is as follows:-

How late are the accounts delivered? Penalty
One day up to one month late £150
More than one month but not more than three months £375
More than three months but not more than six months £750
More than six months £1500

These penalties are doubled where there was a failure to comply with filing requirements in relation to the previous financial year. These new penalties apply from 1st February 2009.

This is yet another reason to get your books and records to us as early as you can after your company’s financial year end.