Companies House has issued guidance to its customers regarding accessing its services during the ongoing pandemic. Companies House is trying to make access easier utilising electronic means. As such it is encouraging us where possible to meet filing requirements via the online portal.
Currently accounts, confirmation statements, certain changes to the company and closure can be filed online.
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NB – Companies House had also during the height of the pandemic suspended strike off actions. However as of 10th October 2020, if Companies House have reasonable cause to believe a company is no longer carrying on business or is in operation it will seek to remove companies from the register. If a company is in default, for example it has not filed its confirmation statement, then outstanding documents must be sent to Companies House urgently.
Finally, the Government recently announced that Companies House is to be reformed with the aim to clamp down on fraud and money laundering. As a result of the consultation the main headline is that new directors will not be appointed until their identity has been verified by Companies House. As for when this will come in, we have not been provided with any timescales, so watch this space.
If you have any concerns with regard to filing documents with Companies House or need guidance with what documents need to be filed and when, please contact us on 01225 585756 or [email protected] and our company secretarial team will be in contact to assist.