WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Companies House: Bizarre excuses for filing company accounts late
We've received some questionable late filing appeals over the last 12 months.
Each year we receive unusual excuses from directors who fail to file their company accounts on time.
Some of the most outrageous reasons given include:
- “goats ate my accounts”
- “I found my wife in the bath with my accountant”
- “pirates stole my accounts”
- “we delivered the accounts to the betting office next door to Companies House”
- “a volcano erupted and prevented me from filing”
- “slugs ate my accounts”
- “it was Valentine’s Day”
- “my company was more successful than I thought it would be, so I was too busy to file”
The companies which gave these excuses received a late filing penalty and their appeals were unsuccessful. Penalties increase depending on how late the accounts are filed and the status of the company.
Senior Enforcement Manager, Nick Parker, said:
Companies and directors must be aware of their responsibility to file accounts with Companies House. Companies can sign up to receive e-mail reminders, which can be sent to up to four e-mail addresses.
There will always be unforeseen events that mean a company is unable to file accounts on time. In exceptional circumstances, companies can request an extension to the filing deadline, however these requests must be received before the filing deadline.
Most companies can file accounts electronically – it’s faster and easier. The Companies House WebFiling service has in-built checks to ensure that all the relevant information is provided before a customer can submit. It also provides filers with automatic e-mail confirmation that accounts have been received and once they have been accepted for filing.
To send us accounts electronically, you must register for our online filing services. When you register, we’ll send an authentication code in the post to your company’s registered office.
The authentication code can take 5 working days to arrive.
Read our guidance for general help and advice on filing company accounts.
Latest News from
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
CCC: UK homes unfit for the challenges of climate change21/02/2019 14:15:00
Government must act now to improve the quality of UK homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to safeguard our comfort, health and wellbeing as the climate changes, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today.
LGA responds to HCLG committee report on high streets and business rates21/02/2019 11:40:00
Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responded to the report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the future of high streets
Unicef - Redeployment agreement from Hudaydah welcome – calls to bring positive change for children21/02/2019 10:40:00
Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
LGA: spend on asylum-seeking children doubles in four years21/02/2019 09:40:00
The amount of money spent by councils on providing vital care and support for unaccompanied children seeking asylum has almost doubled in four years, latest figures show.
Wales Audit Office - ‘No-deal’ Brexit planning is being ramped up, but the picture varies across Wales’ public services19/02/2019 14:40:00
Auditor General sets out key messages to all Welsh public bodies as they plan to manage the implications of Brexit
LGA - Local safety net uncertainty risks households facing debt and financial exclusion19/02/2019 13:40:00
Millions of low-income households facing financial difficulty, growing rent arrears and debt could improve their life chances if councils received the funding they need to provide a vital local safety net.
CIPD - Inflation and skills shortages push private sector pay expectations to a seven-year high19/02/2019 12:40:00
New CIPD/the Adecco Group research shows short-term improvements to pay, but skills shortages look set to persist
LGA responds to plans to overhaul waste system19/02/2019 11:40:00
Cllr Martin Tett, Environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, responded to the launch of a consultation by the Government to overhaul the country’s waste system
CAB - Majority of people surveyed back call for bailiff regulation as "government action is long overdue"19/02/2019 10:40:00
Rule-breaking bailiffs are still not being held to account and will continue to inflict stress, anxiety and further financial hardship until the Ministry of Justice introduces independent regulation, debt charities say.
UK Space Agency: £18m for OneWeb satellite constellation to deliver global communications19/02/2019 10:15:00
Affordable worldwide internet coverage is one step closer, after £18 million of UK Space Agency funding was awarded to OneWeb through the European Space Agency, to aid the development of its next generation satellite constellation.