The Companies Registration Office (CRO) will introduce mandatory electronic filing for the submission of the following documents from
1 June 2017
in accordance with S.I. No. 458 of 2016 and Section 897, Companies Act 2014.
This will apply to all Irish companies.
Companies and presenters are advised to start to prepare now to ensure that they are in a position to file these documents electronically from 1 June 2017.
Benefits of Electronic Filing
A large proportion of CRO’s customers are already enjoying the benefits of electronic filing which in recent years has delivered substantial savings in paper, printing and postage costs as well as in filing fees. In 2016, the percentages of B1s, B2s, B10s and B73s filed electronically with the CRO were close to, or over, 80%.
The major benefits of e-filing these documents are:
Changes to filing Forms B2, B10 and B73
The only change here is that after 1 June 2017 the forms B2, B10 and B73 cannot be filed on paper.
Changes to filing Form B1 after 1 June
From 1 June 2017, the sole means of filing a B1 and financial accounts and paying for an annual return will be in electronic form. However, the signature page must still be printed off, signed and submitted manually to the CRO (unless digitally signed using ROS).
For presenters who have filed B1’s electronically in the past, the main changes from 1 June are as follows:
PDF of Financial Statements:
Filing a form electronically for the first time
All forms can be filed electronically using CRO’s online filing system CORE https://core.cro.ie/ or through a secretarial software package.
To file electronically on CORE you must first register as a new user. Once you are registered you can log in and go to “File a Form”, select your submission (e.g. B1) and complete the form. There are links on CORE to help you if you encounter any difficulties when filing online.
Signing a B1 form filed electronically
When filing the B1 form the company has three options for signing the form. The option chosen will dictate what, if any, additional documents must be delivered to the CRO.
B1 Signing Options Required to be delivered to the CRO
1 Manual Signing
The signature page must be printed and signed by a Director and Secretary. The signature page must then be sent to the CRO, O’Brien Road, Carlow.
The submission is not complete until the manual signature page is received in the CRO.
2 The company's Electronic Filing Agent signs digitally using ROS Certificate (Revenue Online Service) Two pages – (1) a Patch Page (provided by CORE/software package) to be delivered with
(2) an Overall Certification for the uploaded financial statements signed by a Director and Secretary
3 A Director and Secretary sign the B1 digitally with ROS Certificates (Revenue Online Service) No paper - Fully Electronic - nothing required to be physically delivered to the CRO
Signatures on Financial Statements
Financial statements presented to the CRO do not need to carry the manuscript signatures of Directors or Auditors. Instead, financial statements filed with the CRO must contain:
Important points to note when filing a B1 form:
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