With Companies House filing deadlines returning to the usual periods pre-Covid, and potential heightened obligations for directors on the horizon, Jordan Thomas summarises key changes that companies, and their directors and secretaries, must be aware of.
Last year, Companies House granted businesses an automatic extension on certain filing deadlines, to help them cope with the strains caused by the pandemic. Those automatic extensions ended on 5th April 2021. Since that date, the original deadlines will apply.
However, provided that your company meets the eligibility criteria, you can still apply for an extension to your accounts filing deadline, but it’s no longer automatic. You need to proactively ask for it, and do so before your filing deadline has passed.
Companies House has also recently announced that it is preparing to take on a bigger role in identifying wrongdoers, and for changes to the way directors file information.
According to Insider, we can expect changes in the way Companies House gathers and analyses information, and how it collaborates with law enforcement agencies. There could also be a shift in focus, away from companies and towards the officers running them, with reforms potentially requiring directors to verify their identities.
If your company doesn’t meet its record keeping obligations or doesn’t comply with its duties under the Companies Act 2006, it could face a fine and/or other penalties. Your director(s) or company secretary could even be prosecuted or disqualified from acting in that capacity in the future.
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