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File Companies House accounts early and online to avoid delays

December is still a busy time for many businesses due to accounts filed with Companies House before the end of the month.

We continue to follow government guidelines for working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that the processing of paper documents sent by post may take longer than usual.

Our online services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and built-in checks help you avoid errors.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish and you’ll know your accounts were delivered on time. We’ll send you an email to confirm we’ve received your accounts, and another email when we’ve registered them.

To file online, you will need your company’s authentication code. If you need to request a new code, you should allow up to 5 days for it to arrive at the company’s head office.

You should only send paper accounts if your business cannot file online. Accounts filed on paper must be checked manually and processed by our teams during office opening hours.

If you need to file your accounts on paper, you must send them to us well in advance of the deadline. This will give you ample time to correct your accounts and send them back if they are rejected. You should also consider using guaranteed next day delivery, but we cannot accept postal delays as an excuse for a late deposit.

It is the directors’ responsibility to file a company’s accounts. You could get a criminal record, a fine, and a disqualification if you don’t deliver your accounts on time.

You need to file accounts even if your business is dormant or not trading.

Guidance and support

Sign up for email reminders to find out when your accounts are due. You can also check your filing deadline on our Find and Update Company Information service.

Watch webinar tapes on the responsibilities of our directors and register for future Companies House webinars.

Watch our YouTube videos to find out how to use our online services.

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