Don’t Miss These Critical Filing Deadlines: Essential Guide for UK Limited Companies

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Don’t Miss These Critical Filing Deadlines: Essential Guide for UK Limited Companies

Navigating the administrative responsibilities of a limited company in the UK can be challenging. To help you stay compliant and avoid unnecessary penalties, we’ve outlined the key filing deadlines you need to be aware of.

1. Annual Accounts

  • Deadline: Accounts must be filed with Companies House 9 months after your company’s financial year ends.
  • Purpose: These provide a clear picture of the company’s financial activity and status to the stakeholders.

2. Confirmation Statement

  • Deadline: Due annually, 14 days after the ‘review period’, which is usually the anniversary of the company’s incorporation or the date you filed the last statement.
  • Purpose: This confirms that important company information, such as registered address and details of directors, is up to date.

3. Corporation Tax (CT)

  • Deadline: CT return should be filed with HMRC 12 months after your accounting period for corporation tax ends. Payment of CT is due 9 months and 1 day after the end of this accounting period.
  • Purpose: To report and pay taxes on the company’s profits.

Summary Table of Filing Requirements and Deadlines:

Annual Accounts9 months after year-endTo disclose the financial performance and position of the company
Confirmation StatementAnnually, within 14 days after the review periodTo confirm accuracy of company data with Companies House
Corporation Tax Return: (CT)12 months after year-end Payment: 9 months + 1 day after year-endTo file and pay tax on the company’s profits

Understanding the Penalties for Late Filing

Failing to meet these deadlines can result in penalties, which can escalate the longer the delay. Here’s what you need to know about the potential financial implications of missing these critical deadlines:

Table of Penalties for Late Filing:

DocumentUp to 1 Month1-3 Months3-6 Months6+ Months
Annual Accounts£150£375£750£1,500*
Confirmation Statement£150ContinuousContinuousPotential striking off
Corporation Tax (CT)Interest on unpaid taxInterest + 10% of unpaid taxInterest + 10% of unpaid taxInterest + 10% of unpaid tax
*Note: Penalties for annual accounts are doubled if filed late in two successive financial years.

Staying on top of these deadlines is essential for the smooth operation and legal compliance of your limited company in the UK. By being aware of what is due and when, as well as the potential penalties, you can ensure that your company remains in good standing and avoids unnecessary financial burdens. For tailored advice and assistance with your specific circumstances, always remember to contact Helpbox.

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