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Annual Returns - Prepare to file
The majority of companies in Ireland have an Annual Return Date of 30th September so to avoid getting caught out start preparing now.
Check status of your company’s filing in the Companies Registration Office is correct
Check if any of the directors have changed their personal details. The two most common changes are where directors have changed home address or their list of directorships are not current.
When a director moves home address a statutory form must be filed noting the new address and effective date of change.
The list of directorships should include all directorships held worldwide, past and present, within past 5 years.
Have the Financial Statements ready for filing.
Confirm the designated signatories for the Annual Return will be available to sign when required, i.e. a specific named Director and the Company Secretary.
Taking the above steps now can help to ensure there are no delays when it comes to filing the Annual Return.
One last thing – docu-signatures are not permitted on the Annual Return – you have been warned!
Annual Return Deadline extended to 9th December 2021
The Registrar of the Companies Registration Office has made an unexpected decision to extend the current filing deadline for Annual Returns from 25th November to 9th December.
The decision to extend the deadline was in recognition of the difficulties experienced by some accountancy firms in meeting the 25th November deadline resulting from the evolving Covid-19 situation.
The extension is a welcome and practical recognition of the difficulties faced by so many of us as we all continue to juggle the practicalities of working in an ever-changing office / home / hybrid environment.
Hallowe'en Heebee Jebbies!
Forget Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger we can have sleepless nights with the old reliable “Nightmare of the Annual Return”. Not sure anyone would call it a classic but, it is certainly a reliable annual event.
This year is different though as the filing sequence and deadline dates have changed.
Companies with an Annual Return Date (ARD) of 30th September must electronically file both the Annual Return and Financial Statements in the Companies Registration Office before the signature page can be generated. Once the signature page has been issued the company must ensure it is completed and electronically filed in the Companies Registration Office no later than 25th November.
OK, maybe not quite in the same league as Freddy Krueger after all but, definitely up there for stress. Don’t let your filing deadline turn into a slasher movie for your company. File and sign with the bonus it can all be done online.
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