Filings at Companies House – deadline extensions
The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 (we’ll call them the “Regulations”) came into force on 27 June 2020. They make a number of changes to the current Companies House filing deadlines to assist businesses during the pandemic. The key changes are as follows:
1. Legal charges
With certain limited exceptions, the deadline for filing legal charges at Companies House has been extended from 21 days to 31 days for charges created after 6 June this year.
There is an extended deadline for the filing of accounts depending on the type of entity.
|Public companies||The filing date is extended from 6 months to 9 months|
|Private companies||The filing date is extended from 9 months to 12 months|
|LLPs||The filing date is extended from 9 months to 12 months|
|Overseas Companies||The filing date is extended from 3 months to 6 months|
The extensions only apply to the original filing deadline and the above extensions do not apply if you have already requested an extension.
The extension is in place until 6 April 2021. If your filing deadline falls on or after 6 April 2021, an automatic extension will not be granted.
3. Confirmation statement
For entities required to file a confirmation statement, this is usually required within 14 days of the end of the review period (12 months from when the company was incorporated or last filed a confirmation statement). The Regulations are automatically extending that period to 42 days, so there will be no need for companies and LLPs to apply for extensions.
The extension is in place until 6 April 2021. If the end of your review period falls on or after 6 April 2021, an automatic extension will not be granted.
4. Event-driven filings
Event-driven filings are those that follow a particular thing happening in the life of a business, such as the appointment of new directors to a company or a change in beneficial ownership that gives rise to a need to notify the Registrar of a change to the register of persons having significant control. The period in which a company is required to deliver event-driven notifications to Companies House has also been extended to 42 days.
The extension will not apply where the deadline for filing falls on or after 6 April 2021 and the normal filing period will apply from this date.
If you have any queries on any of the above or would like to know more about the effects of company law on your business, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the corporate and commercial team at Rix & Kay.