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What are the Company late filing penalties?

Penalties are charged by Companies House when accounts are not filed on time. The penalty charged depends on how long after the due date the accounts are received by Companies House.

Increased penalty bands apply to any accounts that are delivered late on or after 1 February 2009, whether they are filed under the Companies Act 1985 or the Companies Act 2006 (any penalties for late submission of accounts under the Companies Act 2006 are for financial years beginning on or after 6 April 2008).

The following table shows these bands:

Length of delay (measured from
the date the accounts are due)



Not more than 1 month



More than 1 month but not more than 3 months



More than 3 months but not more than 6 months



More than 6 months



Please note that the level of penalty depends upon whether the company was public or private at the end of the financial year in question.



The content and advice is for information only. Last updated 26.07.2009.

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