Confirmation statement fines

Companies House will issue fines to your company if failed to submit your confirmation statement. Your company has 14 days to submit your confirmation statement with Companies House. You can do it online or you can submit the form CS01 by post.

Criminal offence

It is a criminal offence for deliberately not submitting your confirmation statement with Companies House.

Unacceptable excuses

Companies House would usually send reminders to your company’s registered office when your confirmation statement is due for filing. There is no excuse that you are not aware the filings are overdue.

The only time you missed all the Companies House reminders would be that your registered office address no longer valid. You have not informed Companies House of this fact or provide a valid registered office address.

This is still not an excuse because the company law says it is the director’s responsibility to update Companies House if there is any change to your registered office address. The form to file is AD01 in this situation.

Losing your company authentication code as an excuse you are not able to do your filing is not acceptable. This is because you can request the code again from Companies House. Also, you have the option to file the Companies House forms on paper.

Confirmation statement fines

Section 853L of the Companies Act 2006 outlined the fines payable if your company is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction.

CountryFines
England and WalesTo a fine, and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding the greater of £500 and one-tenth of level 4 on the standard scale;
ScotlandTo a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale and for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 5 on the standard scale.
Northern IrelandTo a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale and for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 5 on the standard scale.

Consequently, the daily default fines for failure to submit your confirmation statement can be expensive.

Above all, your company directors, secretaries and any other officers must show that they have taken reasonable steps to avoid continued failing to submit your confirmation statement.

Contact us if you require help with taking care of your company’s confirmation statement.

Dissolve your company

If you no longer want to keep your company, you may apply to Companies House to have it dissolved so that you no longer obliged to file the Confirmation statement. The dissolution process takes two months to complete provided there is no objections from any parties.

All the directors must sign the DS01 form and your company must have ceased trading for at least three months. All your creditors and shareholders must be notified of this intention to strike off the company from the register.

Even more, company dissolution cannot be used as a mean to avoid debts. Your dissolution process would be on hold if there is any objections and Companies House would make contact with your directors.

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