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Company filings

A practical guide to company filing in the UK which covers when companies are required to file, the procedure for doing so, the information needed to complete the relevant form and penalties for non-compliance. Answers to problems readers may encounter whilst undertaking the filing process are also included.

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Company filings

Jennifer Adams ICSA Publishing Ltd, 2013

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1. Main entities and legal framework

Chapter 1 looks at the main entities that receive forms filed by companies, namely the Registrar of Companies at Companies House, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The legal framework is also discussed.

2. Initial filings: incorporation

Chapter 2 outlines the different ways a registered company can be formed and their advantages and disadvantages. Also covers incorporation of plcs, filing errors and date of incorporation.

3. Subsequent filings: annual filings

Chapter 3 covers the filing of annual returns, annual accounts and corporation tax returns. Also includes penalties, fines and appeals and rejection of accounts.

4. Subsequent filings: event driven filings

Chapter 4 details the most commonly submitted event related forms, with reasons for filing and deadlines for submission.

5. Cessation filings and WebFiling

Chapter 5 looks at cessation filings and liquidation. Online filing using the Companies House approved software package or WebFiling service is also covered.

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By its nature, this guide cannot be comprehensive and as its content does not constitute legal advice, it should not be relied upon as such. The law is stated as at 30 June 2013.

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