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Late Filing Penalties

Aug 06, 2013

Companies House have been leveling automatic  penalties for late filing of accounts since 1992 and for the year 2010/2011 over £99.4 million was collected by them in penalties!

When you are filing the first set of accounts for your company and they cover a period of more than 12 months, they must be delivered to Companies House within 21 months of the date of incorporation if a private company and within 18 months if a public company, or, if longer, within three months of the accounting reference date.

In the second and subsequent years a private company has 9 months from the end of the accounting reference period and a public company has 6 months in which to file.

You should make sure your accounts are filed at least a few weeks before the deadline where possible in case there is an error and they are rejected and need to be corrected and re-filed.

 For a private company the filing penalty starts at £150 for accounts which are not more than one month overdue rising to £375 for up to three months over, to £750 for up to six months and £1,500 for over six months overdue.  For public companies, the penalties are much more severe, starting at £750 and rising to £1,500, £3,000 and finally £7,500 for accounts filed more than 6 months overdue.

Companies House does offer a free eReminder service for accounts and annual returns.


 To activate this for your company you need to log into Companies House WebFiling at and select 'Join eReminders' from the company overview screen and enter your email address.


Alice Morwood-Leyland

Comapny Secretary


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