What's New 2014

December 2014

The Companies Act 2014 was signed into law by the President on 23rd December 2014.

http://www.president.ie/acts-signed-by-president-higgins-2/

November 2014

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Christmas opening hours

Wednesday 24th December 2014 9.30am to 12 noon
Thursday 25th December 2014 Closed
Friday 26th December 2014 Closed
Monday 29th December 2014 9.30am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 30th December 2014 9.30am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 31st December 2014 9.30am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 1st January 2015 Closed
Friday 2nd January 2015 Normal hours resume

The fast track restoration facility will be available as normal from 10.30am and 12 noon on the 29th, 30th and 31st December.

Because of the disruption caused to services over the holiday period, annual returns, where the deadline for filing falls between 24th December 2014 and 4th January 2015, will be treated as received on time if filed by close of business on Monday 5th January 2015

The Registrar and Staff of the CRO wish all our clients a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

 Christmas 2014 Deadlines - New Companies

The CRO cannot guarantee that submissions received after the dates set out below will be processed before the Christmas break.

 

Scheme Date
Ordinary Scheme 3rd December 2014
Fé Phrainn Scheme 10th December 2014
Online A1 Scheme 15th December 2014
Change of Name 10th December 2014
Re-Registrations 10th December 2014
Company Name Reservations 17th December 2014

October 2014

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CORE maintenance -  30th/31st October

Due to an upgrade CORE website may experience disruption  throughout today and tomorrow 30th/31st October.  The CRO apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Also, over the next few weeks some of our online services may face possible minor disruption due to these necessary upgrades.  CRO will keep you up-to-date through the website and twitter.

Annual Returns – October peak

Approximately 40,000 companies have an annual return date of 30 September and a filing deadline of 28 October. These companies are requested not to leave the filing of their annual return to the last day and, if possible, to file on-line.

If you file on-line you will have an extra 28 days from the date of filing to deliver your paper attachments to the CRO and the filing fee is only €20.

You can now also file your return fully on-line by uploading PDF accounts, signing using ROS signatures and paying by credit/debit card.

If an annual return is filed late, late filing penalties apply and, where applicable, the company also loses its entitlement to claim audit exemption (which cannot be appealed) in the current year and in the following year.

Should you experience difficulties filing your form on-line, help with the content of the form can be obtained  from:

LoCall 1890-252536* / 059-9178981 / 01-8045394 or eb1@djei.ie

Help with technical or IT issues is available from:

01-8045374  / 01 8045307 / 01 8045355 or electronic.filing@djei.ie 

* Note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

The CRO is closed on Monday 27th October. Please also see CRO Opening Hours. Where a company is filing an annual return - if the 28 day filing period expires on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the 28 day period is extended to the next working day. See Filing an Annual Return.

September 2014

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Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business will take place in the Conference Centre, Dublin Caste on 16th October, 2014 from 8.30am to 1.30pm. This unique event has been specifically designed to help small and start-up businesses understand and benefit from the services provided by many of our State offices and agencies. Register on-line at www.takingcareofbusiness.ie or you can email info@takingcareofbusiness.ie. Attendance is free.

12th September 2014 - Broken Links

The CRO website has been undergoing some essential maintenance and as a result there are some links that have been broken on the website and which we are trying to rectify at the moment. You can enter the following links into your address bar or access these areas using Services.

Important Links on CRO website
Late Penalty Calculator https://search.cro.ie/company/LatePenaltyCalculator.aspx
Disqualified Person Search https://search.cro.ie/company/DisqualifiedSearch.aspx
Duplicate Certificate https://search.cro.ie/company/DuplicateCert.aspx
Company Search https://search.cro.ie/company/
Account Login https://search.cro.ie/company/AccountLogin.aspx
Auditor Search https://search.cro.ie/auditors/

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e-Day - 19 September 2014

The CRO will continue to accept cheques after 19 September 2014.

The approach of the CRO to 'e-Day' is to encourage customers to migrate from cheque usage to payment by electronic means and to build on the impetus of ‘e-Day’ with a view to phasing out handling cheques and other paper forms of payment entirely from 2016 on (see CRO's September Newsletter)

The CRO requests all customers who currently pay by cheque to begin the process of moving away from cheques and other paper forms of payment by:

(a) familiarising yourselves with CRO’s electronic methods of payment, and

(b) making whatever changes in procedures are necessary within your firm/company to allow you to discontinue using cheques and other paper forms of payment from 19 September 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.

CRO will be at Ploughing Championships

The Companies Registration Office will be one of 19 agencies who will be at the Ploughing Championships in Stradbally, Co. Laois from 23rd to 25th September, 2014. These agencies will be together in a dedicated Taking Care of Business Marquee so that all the information you need about regulation and business supports will be right there in the one place. This is a great opportunity for informal dialogue, questions and answers and getting the information you need to run your business more effectively.

August 2014

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'e-Day’ - 19 SEPTEMBER 2014

The National Payments Plan (NPP) seeks to reduce the cost of Ireland’s payment system through the increased use of more efficient payment methods which will lead to increased competitiveness and efficiency. The NPP estimates that if Ireland were to match best practice in Europe, savings of up to €1 billion per annum could be made across the economy. The particular focus of ‘e-Day’ - 19 September 2014 - is to encourage the business community to migrate from cheque usage to payment by electronic means.....E-Day 19th September 2014.

July 2014

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RFS - Legislation change

Minister Bruton has announced the commencement of legislation to reduce red tape on co-operatives. The Friendly Societies and Industrial and Provident Societies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 was enacted on the 21st July 2014. See Department website.

This Act will amend a number of provisions of both these Acts.

Changes to Industrial and Provident Society law will:

  • Introduce examinership process to Industrial and Provident Societies
  • Allow individual societies to set their own limit on individual shareholdings in the society
  • Ease financial reporting restrictions by extending the period for the preparation and submission of the annual return and accounts.
  • Make it easier for cancelled societies to be restored to the register
  • Ease fund-raising restrictions for non-agricultural societies

Various sections of the Act will be commenced at different future dates.

It will no longer be possible to register a new Friendly Society. There are current just 47 Friendly Societies on the register and many of these have low levels of activity.

RFS - Industrial and Provident Societies and Annual Returns

A society must once in every year send a return [section 10(e) of the 2014 Act].

The annual return shall be submitted no later than-

  • (i) 31 October, where the date of its last published balance sheet falls between 1 January and 30 June, and
  • (ii) 30 April, where the date of its last published balance sheet falls between 1 July and 31 December (of the preceding year);

In brief:

Any society which publishes its balance sheet between 1 July and 31 December this year is not required to file an annual return until April 2015

A society with a balance sheet date between January and end June this year are not required to file an annual return until October 2015 as long as they have filed an annual return in 2014.

Please note that the submission of Triennial returns will no longer be required. The section of the 1913 dealing with this has been repealed.

Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report for the Companies Registration Office is now available from the Corporate Publications page of the website.

Survey for Completion

Please see the survey - 'New European Commission online questionnaire for Business: Businesses experience with the Internal Market for Services'. The questionnaire aims to gather information on obstacles in the Services Sector in the EU.

It targets all companies, especially SMEs, which provide services cross-border, have established a business in another Member State, have purchased cross-border services, or have tried to do so but have failed for different reasons. This includes activities carried out online. It is also an invitation of recipient of such services, consumers or other business, to provide feedback

 May 2014

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Open Services

CRO have updated Open Services to include Company Printouts in the list of documents available for streaming. Printouts will be available to purchase through Open Services at the same cost as advertised directly on the CRO website (€3.50). For further information on Open Services please see https://services.cro.ie/

 

April 2014

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Irish Point of Single Contact

This website has information on starting a business in Ireland as well as doing business in the EU and information on procedures required to provide certain services in the State. Please see Irish Point of Single ContactLinks to external website

Easter Opening Hours

The CRO is closed for Easter on Good Friday (April 18th) and Easter Monday (April 21st). Please also see CRO Opening Hours. Where a company is filing an annual return - if the 28 day filing period expires on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the 28 day period is extended to the next working day. See Filing an Annual Return.

March 2014

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Taking Care of Business - April

The Cork event is due to take place on April 1st in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel. Please see footage from the Limerick event - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGLFz-tubOo.

To find out more about these events and to register, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie.Links to external website Attendance is free but early booking is strongly advised as numbers are limited.

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Taking Care of Business

A series of free ‘Taking Care of Business’ one-stop-shop events for SMEs will take place around the country in spring 2014; these half-day events are for those who currently own or manage a small business or are thinking of starting a new business.

Limerick event - one stop shop

A range of State offices and agencies will give short presentations and answer questions about assistance available to your business and key regulations. Areas covered will include:

  • Supports from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities;
  • Access to Finance programmes;
  • Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations;
  • Legal requirements for setting up and running your business.

The events will take place in:

  • Galway on Tuesday March 25th in the Radisson Blu Hotel;
  • Cork on Tuesday April 1st in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel.

A Government Minister will open each event and a mix of local and national figures from business will chair the presentation sessions. Information stands will be open throughout, allowing you to speak informally with staff from each of the bodies attending. This ‘Taking Care of Business’ roadshow builds on a pilot event attended by over 500 people in October 2013 in Dublin Castle; feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive with organisation of regional events the most frequent suggestion for future events.

To find out more about these events and to register, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie.Links to external website Attendance is free but early booking is strongly advised as numbers are limited.

Accounts Certification and E-Filing

Section 3 and 4 of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 commenced on Monday 10th March 2014.

This Act removes the requirement for accounts documents filed with the CRO to include handwritten signatures of Directors, Auditors etc and instead requires that the signatures appear in TYPED form on each document.

Where accounts with typed names only are delivered to the Registrar, the Act requires them to be certified by a Director and Secretary of the company, in either electronic or written form, stating that each of the accounts documents annexed to the annual return is a true copy of the original.

FILING A B1 ELECTRONICALLY THROUGH CORE:

When filing an e-B1 through CORE, a presenter must tick a box on the B1 to indicate the type of accounts being filed by the company. A corresponding CERTIFICATE will then appear on the signature page and the Director and Secretary can sign for both the e-B1 and accounts on this single page. This will be the case whether the accounts are uploaded as a PDF attachment or annexed to the signature page as a paper document. A Electronic Filing Agent cannot electronically sign the accounts certification on the e-B1.

FILING A B1 ELECTRONICALLY THROUGH A SOFTWARE PACKAGE:

Software suppliers are currently working on updating their packages to include the account types in the list of attachments and corresponding certificates. Until the update has been applied please file B1s as normal with accounts containing typed signatures and the relevant certificate signed by the Director and Secretary. For information on when the new facility will be available please contact your software supplier.

FILING A PAPER B1 AND ACCOUNTS:

When filing a paper B1 with accounts containing typed signatures, a CERTIFICATE signed in manuscript by a Director and Secretary must be placed either a) on each individual document stating that the document is a true copy of the original, or b) on an "Overall Certificate" in front of the first page of the accounts listing the documents and stating that each is a true copy of the original (see sample of new Overall Certificate on the CRO website at www.cro.ie)

For more information, please see Filing Accounts Electronically.

February 2014

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Attention Electronic Filing Agents or Presenters who electronically sign CRO Forms via company secretarial software packages

Users of Secretarial Software Packages will be familiar with the use of PINs and IDs as the current electronic signing solution for CRO forms. In March 2013, the CRO advised suppliers of the Company Secretarial Software Packages that it will be phasing out the use of PINs and IDs as a signing method. The CRO received legal advice that the system of PIN and ID signing was not a sufficiently authenticated level of digital signature to guarantee compliance with the requirements of the Electronic Commerce Act 2000.

The plan is to replace the PIN and ID system with ROS (Revenue Online Service) Certificates (issued by the Dept of Revenue) as the accepted electronic signing method. The CRO is already implementing this signing solution on www.CORE.ie.Links to external website The CRO will not be accepting PINs and IDs as electronic signatures after 30 June 2014.

The Secretarial Software Packages are currently working on integrating the technology to allow forms to be signed using ROS as an alternative to PINs and IDs, some software suppliers have applied this already. If you have any queries please contact your software vendor for an update on their plans to update their software.

Taking Care of Business

A series of free ‘Taking Care of Business’ one-stop-shop events for SMEs will take place around the country in spring 2014; these half-day events are for those who currently own or manage a small business or are thinking of starting a new business.

A range of State offices and agencies will give short presentations and answer questions about assistance available to your business and key regulations. Areas covered will include:

  • Supports from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities;
  • Access to Finance programmes;
  • Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations;
  • Legal requirements for setting up and running your business.

The events will take place in:

  • Limerick on Tuesday March 11th in the Strand Hotel;
  • Galway on Tuesday March 25th in the Radisson Blu Hotel;
  • Cork on Tuesday April 1st in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel.

A Government Minister will open each event and a mix of local and national figures from business will chair the presentation sessions. Information stands will be open throughout, allowing you to speak informally with staff from each of the bodies attending.

This ‘Taking Care of Business’ roadshow builds on a pilot event attended by over 500 people in October 2013 in Dublin Castle; feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive with organisation of regional events the most frequent suggestion for future events.

To find out more about these events and to register, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie.Links to external website Attendance is free but early booking is strongly advised as numbers are limited.

January 2014

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8th January 2014

Issues with site now resolved.

7th January 2014

Due to circumstances out of our control, the site, including cro.ie, CORE, Open Services, the Search Site, RFS and Auditors search may be down over the course of the day. We will keep you posted on our twitter page at http://twitter.com/cro_ieLinks to external website.

Companies Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2013

The Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 was signed by the President on 24th December 2013. This action had the effect of changing the citation of the Companies Acts to "1963 to 2013". This citation should henceforth appear on all copies of Memoranda and Articles of association filed with the CRO. In addition, the appropriate annotation in the auditors’ report and in financial statements signed should be the "Companies Acts, 1963 to 2013".

The necessary changes are currently being made to both the online and downloadable forms.

New Companies Bill Survey

The Companies Act 1963-2013 will shortly be replaced by a new Companies Act. The legislation is currently passing through the Oireachtas. The Companies Registration Office is carrying out a survey to identify the best way of providing information to our stakeholders. 5th February 2014: The survey has now been closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in the research.