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‘Goats ate my accounts’: Companies House reveals bizarre excuses people give for missing accounts deadline

Companies House has revealed the bizarre excuses people have given for missing the crucial accounts deadline last year and urged business owners to keep on top of their filing responsibilities as this year’s deadline approaches.

  • Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
  • September 17, 2019
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30 September marks a common deadline for many companies, and a total of 25,049 companies failed to meet this date for filing in 2018.

According to Companies House, another 643 companies narrowly avoided a penalty, filing their accounts in the final hour before the deadline. In total, 223,640 late filing penalties were handed out in 2018.

The regulator has revealed some bizarre excuses that people have given for failing to file their accounts on time, including claims that pirates stole their accounts, that their documents were eaten by goats and that a volcano erupted, preventing them from meeting their responsibilities.

“With this year’s deadline fast approaching, we’re urging people to file their accounts on time and online by using our quick, simple and secure digital services,” Companies House has said.

Senior enforcement manager Ian Gronland reminded business owners that the regulator’s digital services have in-built checks to ensure that any necessary information is provided before accounts can be submitted.

“If you are a company director, you should be aware of your responsibilities to file annual accounts with Companies House on time. Failure to do so will result in a late filing penalty,” Mr Gronland cautioned.

The government has also issued a guide to simplify the filing process for directors, secretaries and persons acting as advisers to UK-registered companies. More information can be found here

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