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Annual accounts filing deadline: 31 December 2018

11 December 2018

Companies House guidance and support for the upcoming accounts filing deadline

If you're one of the many companies that must file accounts by the 31 December 2018, don’t leave it to the last minute.

It’s easier to file your accounts online and you can avoid postal delays.

Find out how to get your company authentication code, which you’ll need to file online. It’s sent by post to the company’s registered office and can take up to five days to arrive.

File early and file online

File online before the New Year’s Eve deadline and Companies House will send you an email to confirm your accounts have been received. You will be sent another email when Companies House has registered your accounts.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish, and you’ll know you’ve delivered your accounts on time.

If you’re a small company, you cannot file abbreviated accounts any more. Find out about accounts filing options for small companies.

You’ll still need to file accounts if your company is dormant.

Avoid rejections

Companies House online filing service has inbuilt checks to help you avoid mistakes.

Accounts filed on paper need to be manually checked. Companies House can only check them during office opening hours, and they can take over a week to process.

If you have to file paper accounts, you could use a guaranteed next day delivery service. Send your accounts well before the New Year’s Eve deadline in case you need time to resubmit them. If your accounts are rejected and you need to resend them, you could be too late to avoid a penalty.

Companies House will not accept postal delays as an excuse for late filing.

See Companies House five tips to help you file your accounts on time.

Further information

Find out more about Companies House WebFiling service.

GOV.UK has information about how to prepare your accounts.

Companies House provides further guidance on accounts and late filing penalties.

If you cannot file your accounts on time, email as soon as possible. Include your company name, number and the reasons you need an extension.

Watch a short YouTube video on company accounts, when to file them, and how to do it.