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Mandatory E-Filing at the CRO from 1 June 2017

  • Ireland
  • General


Summary of New Mandatory E-Filing Regime

Section 897 of the Companies Act 20141, which shall come into effect on 1 June 2017, has been amended in order to make to E-filing mandatory in respect of the following documents2:

  1. Form B1: Annual Return3;
  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.

Moreover, the associated financial statements must be uploaded as a PDF attachment using CORE or Secretarial Software packages4, from 1 June 2017.

An electronic fund transfer5 must be effected in respect of the payment of late filing fees and late penalties. Nevertheless, a cheque payment can top up a customer’s account.

  • Please Note – From 1 June 2017, paper documents of the documents listed in this note will NOT be accepted by the CRO.

Advantages of E-Filing

  1. Mandatory E-filing should streamline a company’s compliance processes and their interactions with the CRO;
  2. Cost effective – it shall be free to E-file B2, B10 and B73 Forms, and the filing of a Form B1 will be €20.00;
  3. Reduction in the 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.

1 SI 458/2016.
2 Electronic FAQ’s see -
3 How to E-file a B1 see -
4 For example, GEMS, Blueprint and other related software packages
5 A credit or debit card payment.

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