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Mandatory E-filing at the CRO from 1 June 2017
- United Kingdom
- Corporate secretarial services
By Darren Barnett
Section 897 of the Companies Act 2014, which shall come into effect on 1 June 2017, has been amended in order to make E-filing mandatory in respect of the following documents:
1. Form B1: Annual Return and associated financial statements;
2. Form B2: Notice of change in registration in registered office;
3. Form B10: Notice of change in director or secretary or their particulars; and
4. Form B73: Nomination of a new annual return date.
In addition, the associated financial statements must be uploaded as a PDF attachment using CORE or Secretarial Software packages, from 1 June 2017.
An electronic fund transfer must be effected in respect of the payment of late filing fees and late penalties. It will no longer be possible to pay such filing fees and late penalties by cheque, postal order, money order, or bank draft. Nevertheless, a cheque payment can top up a customer's account.
Please note - from 1 June 2017, paper documents listed above will not be accepted by the CRO.
E-filing has several advanatages:
1. Mandatory E-filing should streamline a company's compliance processes and their interactions with the CRO;
2. Cost effectiveness - it shall be free to E-file B2, B10, and B73 forms. The filing of a Form B1 will be € 20.00.
3. Reduction in possibility of documents being lost or misplaced.
4. Time effective - the registration of documents should be improved, thereby, reducing the current backlog at the CRO; and
5. Proof of filing - Electronic receipt shall be forwarded by the CRO upon receipt of the E-filed document.
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