Understanding Due Dates for your Limited Company

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Last Updated: 20/08/2014

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If filing the first set of accounts for your limited company the accounts must be delivered no later than 21 months from the date of incorporation. Therefore for a company formed on the 1st of January 2014 (which would therefore have an accounting reference date of 31st of January), the accounts must not be delivered any later than the 1st of October 2015.

The next set of accounts must be delivered no later than 9 months from the next accounting reference date. So for the above company this would be the 1st of October 2016.

It’s important to know that Accounts can be filed as soon as the accounting reference date has passed, you do not have to wait until the deadline.

Remember – late filing of annual accounts results in a fine. Click here for more info on fines.

Annual Returns

Your first Annual Returns should be filed no later than 1 year and 28 days after the incorporation date. Therefore for a company formed on the 1st of January 2014, the annual return would be due on the 29th of January 2015. The next return would be due on the 29th January 2016.

Returns can be filed anytime before the due date (as long as the company is at least 1 month old) – this would then change the due date of the next annual return.

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