Companies urged to file accounts early and online to avoid delays

Businesses due to file accounts with Companies House by the end of September are being urged to use online services where possible and allow plenty of time before the deadline.

September is always a busy time with many companies due to file accounts with Companies House before the end of the month.

Companies House is continuing to follow government guidance for working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), which means it could take longer than usual to process paper documents sent by post.

File your accounts online

Companies House online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and there are inbuilt checks to help businesses avoid mistakes.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish to submit your accounts online, and you’ll know your accounts have been delivered on time. Companies House will send an email to confirm your accounts have been received, and another email when they’ve been registered.

To file online, you’ll need your company authentication code. If you need to request a new code, you should allow up to five days for this to arrive at the company’s registered office.

You can also use third party software to file your accounts.

Sending paper accounts

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

If you need to file your accounts on paper, you should send them to Companies House well before the deadline. This will give you plenty of time to correct your accounts and resend them if they are rejected. You should also consider using a guaranteed next day delivery, but we cannot accept postal delays as an excuse for filing late.

Submitting accounts

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

You must file accounts even if your company is dormant or not trading.