COMPANIES HOUSE LATE FILING PENALTIES ALLOWABLE FOR CORPORATION TAX

It is imperative for all small business and freelancer / contractor in the United Kingdom to be on top of the tax filing deadline, along with different tax rates and thresholds. Both, small businesses working as a limited company or sole trader, must keep track of the filing deadlines made compulsory by HMRC to avoid penalties or fines based on the degree of delay. Sometimes, it can be difficult for business owners to keep track of the accounting guidelines and tax filing deadlines. To avoid late payments and penalties small businesses can hire small business accountants like DNS Accountants to take care of the accounting and taxation needs of the business. Doing so will help business owners to focus more on business strategy and maximizing wealth.

How to Pay Companies House Late Filing Penalties

HMRC – Self Assessment

As issued by the HMRC, there are two categories of self assessment penalties. One for late filing penalties and the other is for late payment of payable tax. Both add up over times.

Late filing

Deadline missed

£100 penalty

Overdue by 3 months

Upto 90 days, daily £10 penalty

Overdue by 6 months

Greater of 5% of tax due or £300

Overdue by 12 months

Greater of 5% of tax due or £300

If the HMRC believes that the taxpayer is deliberately withholding information or evading tax, additional penalties may apply.

Late payment


Overdue by 30 days

5% of tax due

Overdue by 180 days

5% of tax due on that date

Overdue by 12 months

5% of tax due at that date

Value Added Tax (VAT)
If multiple returns are missed, HMRC issues strict penalties for Value added tax (VAT) registered businesses.

Payments missed within 12 months

Fine when annual revenue is less than £150,000

Fine when annual revenue is equal to £150,000 or greater

1

No penalty

No penalty

2

No penalty

2% or no penalty if less than £400

3

2% or no penalty if less than £400

5% or no penalty if less than £400

4

5% or no penalty if less than £400

Greater of 10% or £30

5

Greater of 10% or £30

Greater of 15% or £30

6 or more

Greater of 15% or £30

Greater of 15% or £30

Corporation Tax

Corporation Tax penalties, as with self assessment, are issued for late payment and late filing, and increase with time.

Late filing

Late by 1 day

Penalty of £100

Late by 3 months

Penalty of £100

Late by 6 months

Penalty of 10% added to estimated tax bill

Late by 12 months

Penalty of 10% added to estimated tax bill

Late payment

Every overdue payment

Penalty of 3%

Construction Industry Scheme

Contractors and freelancers, working under CIS, will have to pay penalties if filing deadlines are missed.

Late by 1 day

Penalty of £100

Late by 2 months

Penalty of £200

Late by 6 months

Greater of £300 penalty or 5% of CIS deductions

Late by 12 months

Greater of £300 penalty or 5% of CIS deductions

Companies House

Statutory Accounts

 

For limited company

Till 1 month

£150

Till 3 months

£375

Till 6 months

£750

Greater than 6 months

£1,500

COMPANIES HOUSE LATE FILING PENALTIES ACCOUNTS

To perk up the percentage of companies filing their accounts, the Companies House late filing penalties were set up in 1992. This was done to get company accounts details into the public sphere of influence after the accounting period ended. The idea behind this move was to get information in the public domain which would be beneficial for customers, suppliers, and shareholders. The suppliers / customers can easily figure out how safe it will be to trade with the company. The penalties are used under the Companies Act, but made obligatory all the way through the criminal court system. The Companies House aims to target Directors of companies which without fail file their accounts or yearly returns late. Directors can be individually fined upto £5,000, and for a continuous violation of the code they can be fined £500 a day. Also, a director may face personal accountability of claims on the basis of the breach of their duty towards the company.

There are circumstances when a company Director can be considered for disqualification. If a director or all the directors at a company, who file annual returns, receive three (3) convictions for delayed filing of accounts or returns, then according to the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 they can be referred to the Magistrates (courts) for disqualification. The penalties for late filing can be considerable. For private companies it can be £1,500, and for public companies £7,500. Penalties can be two times if returns are late in two consecutive financial years. Delayed filing of accounts can also lead to credit being reserved or credit period being tightened

COMPANIES HOUSE LATE FILING PENALTIES HOW TO PAY

Companies’ house usually sends the late filing penalties notice to the company registered office address. In case, the company wants to seek any clarification, they can contact the Companies House at 0303 1234 500. The company’s registered, in Wales and England, and Northern Ireland, can even pay by cheque:

Address:
Companies House, P.O. Box 710
Crown Way, Cardiff
CF14 3UZ

For companies registered in Scotland, the address is:
Companies House
4th Floor, Edinburg Quay 2
139 Fountain bridge, Edinburg
EH3 9FF
Company number and company name should be mentioned behind the cheque.

COMPANIES HOUSE LATE FILING PENALTIES APPEAL

It is the legal accountability of company’s director to make certain that accounts are prepared and submitted to the Companies House before the deadline. The company can even appeal at the Companies House. Every appeal that reaches the Companies House is different. When making an allowance for an appeal against a penalty a case manager should be fair, self-governing, and having the ability to analyze and reach to a correct decision. Personal biasness should not influence the decision making.

YOUR ACCOUNTS AND RETURNS FILING ADVISORS – DNS ACCOUNTANTS

DNS Accountants is a trusted brand and has years of knowledge in the accounting and taxation domain. The firm has been helping businesses with Companies House Late filing penalties and also making sure that companies don’t delay their filing henceforth. The team at DNS comprises of learned taxation professionals and ACA’s or Chartered Accountants (CA). The firm focuses a lot of customer service & believes in delivering unmatched client service. DNS Accountants offers:

  • services at a nominal rate
  • best-in-class accounting and tax planning services
  • VAT registration and taxation advice

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