6 weeks to submit Confirmation Statement

The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 was created on 26 June 2020 and come into force from 27 June 2020. Under this new law, your company will have 6 weeks to submit your Confirmation Statement instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

6 weeks to submit your Confirmation Statement filing deadline is automatically extended

You do not have to do anything. Companies House will automatically extend your Confirmation Statement filing deadline. Go to Companies House website to check your confirmation statement filing deadline.

Take note that your confirmation statement’s review period would not change. For example, if your next confirmation statement date is 20 May 2020. Your confirmation statement date remains unchanged on 20 May 2020. The only thing changed is your filing deadline, from 14 days to 42 days. That’s it. Do not amend your confirmation statement’s review period date.

This automatic extension applies to the following company type:

  • Private limited companies
  • Public limited companies (PLCs)
  • Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
  • Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs)
  • Scottish qualifying partnerships (SQPs)
  • Societas Europaea (SEs)

You may read the guidance here.

You can submit your confirmation statement online or by post. If you are going to submit by post, go to Companies House website to print the latest Confirmation statement form CS01 and complete it to Companies House.

Whereas for online filing, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you have misplaced your authentication code, you may request it again from Companies House. Companies House will send your code to your company’s registered office address. You can also sign up for email reminders with Companies House for this filing.

If you require help with your confirmation statement filings, contact our accountants. They can help you.

Other help and support to businesses by Companies House

Companies House also grants an automatic extension for the following filings.

  • Company accounts filing deadline automatic extension for private (LTD) and public companies (PLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), Overseas Companies and Societas Europaea (SEs).
  • Events driven filings deadlines also extend to 42 days. For example, you have moved your registered office to a new address. You also have 6 weeks to notify Companies House.
  • Mortgage charges registration has a further 10 days, a total of 31 days to submit the document with Companies House.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 received royal assent on 25 June 2020 and come into effect on 26 June 2020. The Act will give more time to Public limited companies (PLCs) and Societas Europaea (SEs) to comply with Companies House requirements.

Additionally, the Act also introduce a new moratorium to give breathing space to businesses struggling to survive during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Company accounts filing requirements

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 introduced changes to company accounts filing deadline for PLCs and SEs. Specifically for PLCs and SEs with a filing deadline between 26 March 2020 and 26 June 2020.

If your company account’s filing deadline falls between the two dates then you will get an automatic extension.

SituationOriginal filing deadlinePreviously extended?New filing deadline
1Between 26 March 2020 and 31 March 2020NOextend 12 months
2on or after 1 April 2020 and before 30 September 2020NOFiling deadline will move to 30 September 2020
3Filing deadline already extended prior to the Act coming into forceN/AFiling deadline will either be extended to 12 months from the year end or 30 September 2020 – whichever is earlier
4Filing deadline already extended to the maximum 12 monthsN/ANo further extension
Source: Guidance for public companies published on 26 June 2020

How these changes would help PLC and SE?

Usually, your company will receive an automatic late filing penalty when you delivered your company accounts late to Companies House. Companies House will review the late filing penalty issued if your company accounts filing deadline is between 26 March 2020 and 26 June 2020.

On the same note, extending the statutory filing deadline will make PLCs and SEs with accounting year-end dates between 26 March and 26 June 2020 no longer in default if they have not yet filed their company accounts.

Other help and support to businesses by Companies House

On 26 June 2020, Companies House also grants an automatic extension for the following filings:

  • Company accounts extension for private limited companies limited liability partnerships, Overseas Companies, PLCs and SEs.
  • Confirmation statement filing deadline extension to 42 days.
  • Events driven filings deadlines also extend to 42 days.
  • Mortgage charges registration has a further 10 days to submit the document with Companies House.

Read the full guidance here.

Prefix in front of company number

Companies House uses standard prefix in front of company number for different categories of businesses registered with them.

No prefix for companies registered in England and Wales

A company registered in England and Wales will have a standard 8 digits numbers as your company registration number printed on your certificate of incorporation. There will be no prefix in front of your company number.

For example, Cute Gifts and Flowers Limited’s company number is 08407369.

SC as prefix for Scottish companies

Whereas for a company registered in Scotland, in other words, has a registered office situated in Scotland will have a Prefix of “SC” in front of your company numbers. For example, XYREX LIMITED’s company number is SC234456.

Prefixes for Overseas companies

There are three types of prefixes for overseas companies.

PrefixCompany type
FCFor all overseas companies registered on or after 1 October 2009 and for overseas companies registered in England and Wales before 1 October 2009.
SFfor overseas companies registered in Scotland before 1
October 2009
NFfor overseas companies registered in Northern Ireland before 1
October 2009

You must provide the correct prefix with your company number for your overseas company when completing the Companies House form – OS MG01 to register a charge with the Registrar of Companies.

List of Prefixes used by Companies House

Knowing your company number’s prefix will help you to be transferred to the right department when you are calling Companies House. This saves yours and the Companies House’s staff time.

PrefixCompany type
N/AEngland & Wales Company
ACAssurance Company for England & Wales
ENEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Northern
Ireland
ESEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Scotland
FCOverseas Company
GEEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for England &
Wales
GNEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Northern
Ireland
GSEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Scotland
ICICVC (Investment Company with Variable Capital)
IPIndustrial & Provident Company
LPLimited Partnership for England & Wales
NAAssurance Company for Northern Ireland
NCLimited Liability Partnership for Northern Ireland
NFOverseas Company regd in Northern Ireland (pre 1/10/09)
NINorthern Ireland Company (post partition)
NLLimited Partnership for Northern Ireland
NONorthern Ireland Credit Union Industrial/Provident
Society
NPNorthern Ireland Industrial/Provident Company or Credit
Union
NRNorthern Ireland Royal Charter Companies
NVNorthern Ireland ICVC (Investment Company with
Variable Capital)
NZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Northern
Ireland
OCLimited Liability Partnership for England & Wales
RCRoyal Charter Companies (English/Wales)
R0Northern Ireland Company (pre partition)
SAAssurance Company for Scotland
SCScottish Company
SEEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for England &
Wales
SFOverseas Company regd in Scotland (pre 1/10/09)
SIScottish ICVC (Investment Company with Variable
Capital)
SLLimited Partnership for Scotland
SOLimited Liability Partnership for Scotland
SPScottish Industrial/Provident Company
SRScottish Royal Charter Companies
SZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Scotland
ZCUnregistered Companies (S 1043 – Not Cos Act) for England
& Wales
Source: Department for
Business, Energy
& Industrial Strategy – Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) Customer Guide

Companies House filings

Generally, organisations registered with Companies House in the United Kingdom must comply with the UK company law. This includes submitting the following documents to Companies House when they are due.

You must also require to notify Companies House when there is a change in your company details like new director appointment or change of registered office address etc.

If you have any questions about your company’s legal filings requirements, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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