The automatic extensions put in place as part of the government’s pandemic measures will come to an end for filing deadlines that fall after 5 April 2021, Companies House is warning.
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, passed last summer, granted automatic extensions for filing deadlines between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021 to relieve the burden on companies during the pandemic and allow them to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate. Automatic extensions were granted for accounts, confirmation statements, event-driven filings and mortgage charges.
While there will be no further automatic extensions for confirmation statement filings, accounts filings and event-driven filings after 5 April 2021, businesses that need more time to file can apply for a three-month extension.
Companies that are eligible and cite issues around Covid-19 in their application will be granted an extension.
Companies that have already had their accounts deadline extended may not be eligible, as the law only allows a maximum filing period of 12 months.
It’s important to check if you’re eligible for an extension and to apply for an extension before your deadline. You must file your accounts on time or you’ll receive a late filing penalty.