Companies House announced an automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline on 1 July 2020. This is a temporary change to support companies during the COVID-19 outbreak and give businesses more time to comply.
You do not have to do anything. Companies House will automatically extend your filing deadline. You can check your new filing deadline on the Companies House website. This is a brilliant news.
Prior to this, you must apply to extend your company accounts filing deadline online. This no longer the case.
The automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline includes the following filings:
Full guidance available here.
Company accounts filing deadline extension
From 27 June 2020, If your company’s filing deadline falls between 27 June 2020 to 5 April 2021, you will get an automatic extension of your filing deadline. Check your new filing deadline from Companies House website.
Automatic extension of Confirmation statement filing deadline
Your confirmation statement filing deadline will be extended to 42 days instead of the current 14 days. More time to prepare and submit your confirmation statement with Companies House. You can file this document online.
- Limited companies
- Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
- Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs)
- Scottish qualifying partnerships (SQPs)
- European Company, Societas Europaea (SEs)
Due to the Covid19 outbreak, the UK has gone into lockdown from 23 March 2020 and after 7 weeks on 10 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced an easing of the lockdown. The UK government encouraged people to wear a face mask or a face covering when going to public places.
With this announcement, you can now go to work if cannot work from home. Additionally, you can also meet one person outside your household. This is a very encouraging positive move to slowly bring back the UK economy.
Especially for businesses that keep their accounting books and records on papers. They can now go to their office to gather those accounting records and pass it on to their accountants to prepare their company accounts. Remember, Companies House allows limited companies to extend their company accounts filing deadline for an additional 3 months without a penalty but you must apply for it. There is no extension allowed when comes to submitting your confirmation statement with Companies House.
At the same time, you could take the opportunity to discuss the financial support for businesses during coronavirus outbreak announced by the UK government if you prefer to do it face to face.
- Claiming Statutory sick pay paid to employees due to COVID19
- Claiming wages through the coronavirus job retention scheme
- Deferral of VAT payments due to COVID19
- Deferral of Self Assessment return due to COVID19
- Business rates relief
- Business support grant funds
- support for the self-employed
- Support for the small and medium-sized businesses
- Also, support for large businesses
How to make a face mask or a face covering
Understandably, the UK government has published guidance on how to make a face mask or face covering for yourself. You can make a face mask or a face covering using a T-shirt. It is very simple to make and the guidance comes with measurement and picture to follow.
There is also an alternative available, a sewn cloth face covering. This is also very simple to make. You do not need a sewing machine.
The UK government has set up a Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) to give out cash grant of £10000 for small businesses during the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. To put it simply, If your business is currently receiving either a Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR), you will receive the cash grant of £10000.
How do I apply for the cash grant £10000?
You do not have to apply for it. Your local authorities will pay out the grant to your business bank accounts directly. Generally, the local authority would have your business accounts details if you are under either a Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) system.
How would I know if I would get the cash grant £10000?
You would receive a letter from your local authority informing your business is eligible to receive the cash grant £10000 and you don’t have to apply for it.
For example, Westminster city council already sent out letters to small businesses within the borough informing them about the cash grant £10000. And they are working hard to pay out the grant as soon as possible.
Further reading about the government guidance on the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), click here.
Other help available to UK businesses
The government is also working with Companies House to allow companies to extend their company accounts filing deadline. In brief, companies that are affected by the COVID19 outbreak are given an additional three months to submit their company accounts to Companies House.
Universally, you must submit your company accounts on time otherwise you will receive an automatic late filing penalty. In this situation, if you apply for the extension then you would not get the late filing penalty.
Besides, you must also file your confirmation statement with Companies House. No extension allowed for this filing. You can do it online. All you need is your company’s authentication code.