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Filing the annual report

To ease the administrative burden on companies during the COVID-19 pandemic a temporary measure to provide additional time for companies to file accounts at Companies House was enshrined in law over the summer with the passing of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. Charitable companies usually have 9 months to file their accounts with Companies House. This is now automatically extended to 12 months for any accounts whose original filing deadline falls between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021. For example a charitable company with a 31 March 2020 year-end would normally have to file its accounts with Companies House by 31 December 2020, this is now automatically extended to 31 March 2021.

This extension will be applied to the original filing deadline, it will not be added to any existing filing extension granted by Companies House.

Note that the automatic extension of the filing deadline does not also apply when submitting the annual report to the charity regulators. Charities that are unable to file their annual return on time should contact their regulator to request a filing extension. There are also temporary extensions to the filing deadline for the annual confirmation statements and a range of event-driven filings that charitable companies may have to report to Companies House, such as changes to details of directors or the registered office.


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