December is always a busy time with many companies, including not-for-profit and Community Interest Companies (CICs), due to file accounts with Companies House (CH) before the end of the month.

As CH are continuing to follow the UK government guidance for working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19). This means it could take longer than usual to process paper documents sent by post.

Their online services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and there are inbuilt checks to help you avoid mistakes.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish and you’ll know your accounts have been delivered on time. You’ll receive an email to confirm they’ve received your accounts and another email when they’ve registered them.

To file online, you’ll need your company authentication code. If you need to request a new code, you should allow up to 5 days for this to arrive at the company’s registered office.

You should only send paper accounts if your company cannot file online. Accounts filed on paper need to be manually checked and processed by CH teams during office opening hours.

For further information visit GOV.UK

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