Annual Return – Filing deadlines extended

Posted in Category(ies):  Companies Registration Office
Kathryn Maybury

Posted by Kathryn Maybury on Tuesday, 3 November 2020

A post by Kathryn Maybury | Managing Director | KOMSEC Limited | Company Secretarial Services | Corporate Governance | Compliance |

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During current Phase 5 restrictions the Companies Registration Office (CRO) have extended filing deadlines for all companies with an Annual Return Date (ARD) from 30th September 2020.

This means that any company with an ARD which falls on or after 30th September 2020 does not have to file the original signature page in the CRO until 26th February 2021.

Do not get carried away though until you have had a chance to consider the following points.

  • Annual Return must be filed electronically.
  • Financial Statements must be filed electronically.
  • Filing fee must be made when submitting the original signature page of the Annual Return.
  • The signatures of both the Director and the Company Secretary must be made on the same page.
  • CRO are currently only accepting postal submissions so relying on being able to make a courier delivery in February is risky.


Companies with an ARD up to 29th September 2020 had to have filed everything (i.e. Annual Return, Financial Statements, filing fee and original signed page) by 31.10.2020. Any company that has missed this deadline for whatever reason now faces, at a minimum, loss of its audit exemption and automatic imposition of penalty filing fees by the CRO.

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