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Companies House deadline extensions

02 July 2020

Since 25 March 2020, companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been able to apply for a three-month extension for filing their annual accounts. Various Companies House filing deadlines have now been formally extended by SI 2020/645, which came into force on 27 June 2020, with effect until 5 April 2021.

The extensions apply to companies, unregistered companies, overseas companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, eligible Scottish partnerships, Societas Europaeas and European Economic Interest Groupings.
The main changes are:

  • Accounts filing deadlines: extended from 9 months to 12 months (private companies and limited liability partnerships), and from 6 months to 9 months (public companies)
  • Deadline for annual confirmation statement after the end of a company’s year-long confirmation period: extended from 14 days to 42 days
  • Deadline for notifying a change of director or person of significant control: extended from 14 days to 42 days
  • Deadline for registering a charge against a company's assets: extended from 21 days to 31 days. 

The changes are explained in more detail in Companies House guidance.

Please contact Mike Hutchinson for further information, or for assistance.

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