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What are Dormant Accounts?

All companies in the UK must ensure they submit Accounts to Companies House on a yearly basis. Depending on whether your company has traded or not will depend on which Accounts you will need to file, if your company has not traded you will be required to file Dormant Company Accounts.

The Dormant Accounts provides Companies House with confirmation that your company has not traded.

If your company has traded you will be required to file trading accounts.

When should they be filed?

The Accounts of a company are usually due to be filed on the last date of the anniversary month – eg, company set up on 12 May 2015, Accounts will be due for filing on the 31 May 2016. You have 9 months from the Accounts due date to file your Accounts on time, if it is not filed within this period your company will not be in good standing and could incur penalties.
You can also apply to change the Accounting Reference Date (date the Accounts are due to be filed)

How would I file Dormant Accounts?

To file your company Accounts, you will usually need to supply us with the company number and unique authentication code, these details may already be saved in our system if you formed your company through CFS. If you do not have your unique authentication code we can still assist you with filing the Dormant Accounts by paper or assist you with obtaining the code.

You are able to file your Company Dormant Accounts electronically using our Company Secretarial Services. Our Secretarial Services is linked directly to Companies House which allows us to obtain the most up to date information on your company within a few seconds. There is also a reduction in price if you file your Dormant Accounts through Secretarial Services.

How long do they take to be accepted?

Firstly, you will be required to order the Dormant Accounts service. Once you have placed your order, we will proceed with the filing of your Accounts with Companies House, it usually takes a few hours for it to be accepted.

If you choose to file your Accounts by Paper, it does take considerably longer for them to be accepted. It takes around 5 working days for Dormant Accounts to be accepted with Companies House.

You will receive email confirmation once the Dormant Accounts have been accepted with Companies House.

To proceed with filing your dormant accounts, please order the service from our UK Additional Services.