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Late filing penalties will increase significantly form 1 February 2009

Fines for failing to file accounts on time at Companies house are being increased in order to encourage company directors to file annual accounts on time. The fine starts at £150 for being not more than 1 month late and rises to £1,500 for delays over 6 months.  Also the time between penalty rises are shorter.

Length of Delay in filing

Scale of penalties

Private Companies/LLP                                  Public Companies

Not more than 1 month



More than 1 month but not more than 3 months



More than 3 months but not more than 6 months



More than 6 months



Filing deadlines
Private companies normally have 9 months and public companies 6 months to submit their accounts to Companies House after the end of each “accounting reference period”.

Accounting reference period
For all new companies, the legislation sets the first accounting reference date as the first anniversary of the last day in the month in which the company was incorporated. The subsequent accounting reference dates will automatically be on the same date each year.