Companies House requires every limited (LTD) company and limited liability partnership (LLP) to submit their confirmation statement and annual accounts every year. This includes companies not yet started trading. In other words, dormant companies. So, what happens if you forget to submit your confirmation statement?
First of all, It is a criminal offence to not submit your confirmation statement.
Consequently, all your company directors and company secretary ( if you have one) may be prosecuted and subject to expensive fines.
Another thing is, Companies House may strike off your company from the public register. Your company would then have a prominent status of “DISSOLVED” on the public register. This status also means that the public can register the exact same company name as yours dissolved one if they wish. If your company name is taken by someone then you cannot restore your dissolved company.
This is what happens if you forget to submit your confirmation statement.
How to submit your confirmation statement
Generally, you have 14 days to deliver your confirmation statement with Companies House. You can do it online or deliver your printed A4 size confirmation statement CS01 form by post.
Reminders to your registered office
Usually, Companies House would send out reminders to your registered office to remind you of your document due. If they receive no response, they will send out reminders to your director’s service address. If they still receive no response from your company, after a period of time lapsed, Companies House will strike off your company from the public register. Therefore, it is very important that you ensure your registered office and service address are up to date with Companies House.