3 month extension for filing accounts with Companies House

Posted on: March 25th, 2020

From today, companies can apply for a 3 month extension on filing their accounts as a result of COVID-19. While companies will need to apply for the extension before their filing deadline, and not just assume that this automatically applies whilst then missing their requisite filing deadline, all companies that apply will be automatically and immediately granted the extension.

No evidence will be required in the making of this application to extend. Applications can be made online and we understand that the application process takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

There is no specific reference to the 3 month extension only being available to companies that have a filing deadline immediately looming or within the forthcoming 3 month period, but will apply if you cannot send your accounts to Companies House because of an event that’s outside of your control.

COVID-19 must be cited in the reasons given in the application in order to obtain the automatic extension without further evidence required. It would, therefore, appear that all companies, regardless of their filing deadline, may be eligible to apply.

Further information can be found here.

If you have any queries about filing your accounts or changes to your business during the coronavirus pandemic, please contact a member of the Corporate team or fill in the enquiry form.