Filing deadlines for company accounts

Source: Companies House | | 04/09/2019

The normal deadline for filing private limited company accounts is 9 months after the company’s financial year end, known as the accounting reference date. For example, many companies have a year-end date of 31 March and are therefore required to file their accounts by 31 December. For public companies, the time limit is 6 months from the year end.

The deadline for filing your first set of accounts with Companies House can be complicated. If the first set of accounts cover a period of more than 12 months, the filing deadlines are as follows:

  • Within 21 months of the date of incorporation for private companies
  • Within 18 months of the date of incorporation for public companies
  • Or (for either company type) 3 months from the accounting reference date, if this is longer than the above time limits. 

For example, a private company incorporated on 1 January 2019 with an accounting reference date of 31 January, has until midnight on 1 October 2020 (21 months from the date of incorporation) to deliver its accounts.

If the first set of private company accounts cover a period of 12 months or less, then the normal filing deadline applies.

There are automatic late filing penalties if your company accounts are delivered late. The penalties depend on how long has passed from the due date for payment and whether the company is private or public.



Contact Us

8-10 Queen Street
Seaton
Devon
EX12 2NY
Tel: 01297 624188

Also in Exeter

21 Heavitree Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2LD
Tel: 01392 823999

 

Cookie Policy

Latest News

Updated calculator on calculating holiday entitlement
05/12/2019 - More...
The Government has published a revised holiday entitlement calculator, intended as a temporary replacement while the

Shared parental leave entitlements
04/12/2019 - More...
The shared parental leave and pay rules offer working parents’ far greater choice as to how they share the care of

Child Benefit tax charge
04/12/2019 - More...
The High Income Child Benefit tax charge could apply to you or your partner if either of your individual taxable

News Search


Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news per e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the newsletter
» Login