How is Companies House operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

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Published on LexisPSL on 07/04/2020

The following Corporate Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How is Companies House operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

Companies House has a dedicated information page regarding the services that it is able to offer during the coronavirus crisis, summarised as follows:

  1. same day services—same day services are suspended until further notice

  2. online filing—in general, other online services continue, namely:

    1. File your company's annual accounts with Companies House

    2. File your confirmation statement (annual return) with Companies House

    3. Tell Companies House about changes to your limited company

    4. an emergency filing service is available to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally (see Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak and see also information page)

  3. extension to accounts filing deadlines—under normal circumstances, you can apply for an extension to file your accounts here. You must apply before your filing deadline. If you do not apply for an extension and your accounts have been filed late, an automatic penalty will be imposed. Details of paying penalties can be found here. If you need to make an appeal as regards late filing penalties see here.

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