December  2017

Beneficial Ownership

The Department of Finance has advised that a Statutory Instrument is expected to be made in the coming months assigning separate legal responsibility to the Registrar of Companies for the establishment and maintenance of the central register of beneficial ownership of companies and industrial and provident societies (I&Ps).  The Department of Finance has indicated that it is currently on track to have the beneficial ownership elements of the 4th Directive transposed by Q1 2018.

November

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR - PUBLIC COUNTER OPENING HOURS

Friday 22nd December 2017 9.30 am to 12 noon
Monday 25th December 2017 Closed
Tuesday 26th December 2017 Closed
Wednesday 27th December 2017 9.30am to 1pm and
2.15pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 28th December 2017 9.30am to 1pm and
2.15pm to 4.30pm
Friday 29th December 2017 9.30am to 1pm and
2.15pm to 4.30pm
Monday 1stJanuary 2018 Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Normal hours resume

Because of the disruption caused to services over the holiday period, annual returns, where the deadline for filing falls between Friday 22nd December 2017 and Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, (both dates inclusive), will be treated as received on time if submitted electronically by midnight on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018. 

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

CHRISTMAS 2017 DEADLINES - NEW COMPANIES 

FOR INCORPORATIONS, CHANGE OF NAME RE-REGISTRATIONS AND COMPANY NAME RESERVATIONS
The CRO cannot guarantee that submissions received after the dates set out below will be processed before the Christmas break.

Ordinary scheme 4 December 2017
Fé phrainn scheme 11December 2017
A1 on line scheme 14 December 2017
Change of name 11 December 2017
Re-registrations 11 December 2017
Company name reservations 19 December 2017

 

November 9th: Due to essential upgrade of our email system all CRO inboxes will be out of service between 11:30 and 14:30 today. Help desks will be running as normal – numbers below. Apologies for the inconvenience we will respond to all emails as soon as possible. Thank you.

  • Information Helpdesk - 01 8045200  - Locall 1890 220 226
  • Electronic B1 Helpdesk -  059 9178981 - Locall 1890 252 536
  • CORE Helpdesk - 01 804 5374/5355
  • Filing an Annual Return webpage

Peak Filing Statistics for  2017

  

Taking Care of Business: Free advice and information for businesses

8th November 2017 - Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle

30 State bodies and services ready to give expert help.  Register now at www.takingcareofbusiness.ie for free-half day event in Dublin Castle on November 8th.

Taking Care of Business

A free one-stop-shop event for SMEs, ‘Taking Care of Business’, will take place on Wednesday November 8 in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle; this half-day event is for those who 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 will have staff on hand at exhibition stands to answer questions about key regulations and what assistance is available to your business. Areas covered will include:

  • Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations
  • Legal requirements for setting up and running your business
  • Supports from enterprise agencies 

To find out more about this unique event and to register, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie. Attendance is free but early booking is strongly advised as numbers are limited.

 

October

PUBLIC OFFICE/SHORTER QUEUES MORNING TIME 

If posting an annual return to the CRO it should be sent to CRO, O’Brien Road, Carlow. The office in Carlow is for receipt of postal lodgements only and is not a public office. Alternatively, presenters can hand deliver to the CRO's Public Office in Gloucester Place Lower where you will be provided with a receipt for your documents.  The Public Office entrance is on the corner of Gloucester Place Lower and Sean MacDermott Street Lower.

The Public Office is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Personal callers are reminded that the queues can be shorter in the Public Office in the morning time and should consider lodging their documents as early as possible to ensure they can be checked and receipts issued on the day. Account holders should ensure that there is enough money in the account to cover the transaction before submitting their documents. 
  
ANNUAL RETURNS - OCTOBER PEAK 

There are over 50,000 companies with an annual return date of 30 September and a filing deadline of 28 October. If you are filing an annual return in respect of one of these companies, you are requested to ensure that your correctly completed return is delivered to the CRO on-time. The only way of doing this is by filing online.

E-Filing is Mandatory

The Companies Registration Office (CRO) has introduced mandatory electronic filing for the submission of an Annual Return and its associated financial statements since 1 June 2017.  This applies to all Irish companies.  Companies and Presenters should ensure that they provide the correct email addresses to ensure they are alerted when their documents are sent back as they will no longer receive a letter or documents by post.  Once the B1 (Annual Return form) has been filed on CORE within 28 days of it annual return date, the Financial Statements must be uploaded as a PDF no later than the end of the second 28 days and before the signature page is delivered to the CRO.

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 

Payment must be made for an annual return online

The filing fee for an e-B1 is €20. Remember that if you have chosen to pay by credit card, payment will be taken immediately and is NON REFUNDABLE (as we cannot store card details). If you would prefer to pay by customer account, payment will not be deducted from your customer account until signatures are applied.
To open a customer account online please go to New Customer account page.  If an annual return is filed late, late filing penalties apply and, where applicable, the company also loses its entitlement to claim audit exemption 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 Contact Details Page.
  
FORM B1 - DOCUMENTS RETURNED

The CRO/Registrar would like to draw to the attention of presenters that since the introduction of mandatory e-filing on the 1st June 2017 that annual returns and other electronically filed forms are only being sent back to the presenter for correction electronically by e-mail. No hard copies of the annual returns and other forms will be posted out.   The presenter is required to edit and resubmit the B1, B2, B10 etc and return it to the CRO/Registrar. Please note that annual returns must be resubmitted within fourteen days of the dated on the send back letter or otherwise the law deems it to be late. 
  
DO NOT LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE TO FILE YOUR ANNUAL RETURN 

CRO regularly receives calls from presenters who miss their annual return filing deadline because (a) they encountered technical problems while attempting to submit their B1 electronically on the last day, or (b) they posted their documents to the CRO a day or two before their deadline and they were delayed in the post.

In light of the very serious consequences of late filing (ie late penalties and loss of audit exemption), CRO would exhort companies not to leave it to the last day to submit your B1 on-line as there is a risk that a temporary issue with your PC, your broadband service, web browser or server could prevent you from completing the filing on time.

Similarly, if you are sending documents to the CRO close to your filing deadline, CRO advises you to use a form of time guaranteed delivery service which provides proof of delivery. There are a number of providers offering this service (eg An Post's Express Post service).

The 2014 Companies Act places the responsibility on the company itself for on-time DELIVERY of its annual return to the CRO.  If an annual return is delivered late, the CRO has no discretion in relation to the application of penalties and loss of audit exemption.

Prosecutions have been Commenced 
 
CRO has now commenced prosecutions under the Companies Act 2014 against companies for late or non-filing of annual returns. Please note the following:  Where the Registrar has commenced proceedings for late or non-filing of annual returns, any subsequent applications by the company concerned under section 343(5) Companies Act 2014, will be objected to by the Registrar on the basis that proceedings have already been commenced against the company for the said late filing of annual returns. Companies who consistently file late are more likely to leave themselves in a position for possible prosecution. See IEE page.

CORE Workspace

We have made some changes recently to make CORE more efficient, one of these changes is to limit the number of drafts in a user's workspace to the last 100 days. However, nothing is deleted or lost. If a user wants to recover a submission before that date then they just need to enter the company number or submission number in the search bar just above the workspace drafts. This will recover anything beyond the most recent 100 days.

Wednesday 11th October 2017

All On-line services, including CORE, are now working.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Our phone services are also working as normal after problems for a short period this morning.

Wednesday 11th October 2017 

Unfortunately some customers are still experiencing problems with our on-line services this morning. We hope to rectify the problems we are experiencing with our on-line filing system shortly. If you are getting an error message, please send a screen shot of the message to our Electronic Filing section at electronic.filing@dbei.gov.ie and they will be in contact with you as soon as it is rectified. We are also experiencing problems with our company search/ordering documents facility. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.     

Tuesday 10th October 2017 

Unfortunately the problems with CORE are persisting this morning. We hope to rectify the problems we are experiencing with our on-line filing system shortly. If you are getting an error message, please send a screen shot of the message to our Electronic Filing section at electronic.filing@dbei.gov.ie and they will be in contact with you as soon as it is rectified. We are also experiencing problems with our company search/ordering documents facility. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.     

Monday 9th October 2017 - Problems with CORE

We are experiencing problems with CORE this morning. We hope to rectify the problems we are experiencing with our on-line filing system shortly. If you are getting an error message, please send a screen shot of the message to our Electronic Filing section at electronic.filing@dbei.gov.ie and they will be in contact with you as soon as it is rectified.  

September

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)

The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a 20-digit, alpha-numeric code based on the ISO 17442 standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It connects to key reference information that enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions. Please note that the CRO does not provide or register LEI. Please contact the Irish Stock Exchange with regards to this. 

Taking Care of Business: Free advice and information for businesses

30 State bodies and services ready to give expert help.  Register now at www.takingcareofbusiness.ie for free-half day event in Dublin Castle on November 8th.

Taking Care of Business

A free one-stop-shop event for SMEs, ‘Taking Care of Business’, will take place on Wednesday November 8 in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle; this half-day event is for those who 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 will have staff on hand at exhibition stands to answer questions about key regulations and what assistance is available to your business. Areas covered will include:

  • Tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations
  • Legal requirements for setting up and running your business
  • Supports from enterprise agencies 

To find out more about this unique event and to register, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie. Attendance is free but early booking is strongly advised as numbers are limited.

CRO WEBSITE/DATABASE MAINTENANCE  - Wednesday 27th

The CRO is carrying out maintenance to our website and database on Wednesday 27th September 2017. This will result in the CRO website and database being inaccessible from 5pm until approximately 6pm on Wednesday 27th. All our online services will be unavailable at this time. We regret any inconvenience caused to the public during this essential maintenance. Thank you for your cooperation.

CRO WEBSITE/DATABASE MAINTENANCE - TUES 19th

The CRO is carrying out maintenance to our website and database on Tuesday 19th September 2017. This will result in the CRO website and database being inaccessible from 4.30pm until approximately 5.30pm on Tuesday 19th. All our online services will be unavailable at this time.

We regret any inconvenience caused to the public during this essential maintenance. Thank you for your cooperation.

Franchise Show

Come and see us on stand 718 at Ireland’s Franchise Show, RDS Dublin, on September 8th and 9th - https://goo.gl/CVvfG1

Franchise Show

ANNUAL RETURNS - OCTOBER PEAK
There are over 50,000 companies with an annual return date of 30 September and a filing deadline of 28 October. If you are filing an annual return in respect of one of these companies, you are requested to ensure that your correctly completed return is delivered to the CRO on-time. The only way of doing this is by filing online.

E-Filing is Mandatory
The Companies Registration Office (CRO) has introduced mandatory electronic filing for the submission of an Annual Return and its associated financial statements since 1 June 2017. See FAQs. CRO Public Office is based in Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1, on the corner with Sean MacDermott Street.

This applies to all Irish companies.  Companies and Presenters should ensure that they provide the correct email addresses to ensure they are alerted when their documents are sent back as they will no longer receive a letter or documents by post. Once the B1 (Annual Return form) has been filed on CORE within 28 days of it annual return date, the Financial Statements must be uploaded as a PDF no later than the end of the second 28 days and before the signature page is delivered to the CRO. Payment must be made for an annual return online

The filing fee for an e-B1 is €20. Remember that if you have chosen to pay by credit card, payment will be taken immediately and is NON REFUNDABLE (as we cannot store card details). If you would prefer to pay by customer account, payment will not be deducted from your customer account until signatures are applied. Open a customer account online.  If an annual return is filed late, late filing penalties apply and, where applicable, the company also loses its entitlement to claim audit exemption in the current year and in the following year.

Problems with e-filing:

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@dbei.gov.ie  

Help with technical or IT issues is available from: 01-8045377 / 01 8045355 or electronic.filing@dbei.gov.ie  

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

Important points to note when filing a B1 form:

Once an e-B1 is submitted online not later than 28 days after the ARD, the company has a further 28 days to either digitally sign the B1 (in which case no paperwork may need to be delivered to the CRO) or manually sign and deliver the signature page to the CRO. If the B1 signature page is not printed, signed and delivered to the CRO within 28 days of the B1 being submitting online, the annual return will be late and the company will incur late penalties and lose audit exemption in the current year and in the following year. Financial Statements must be uploaded as a PDF no later than the end of the second 28 days and before the signature page is delivered to the CRO.

Further Information

FORM B1 - DOCUMENTS RETURNED
The CRO/Registrar would like to draw to the attention of presenters that since the introduction of mandatory e-filing on the 1st June 2017 that annual returns and other electronically filed forms are only being sent back to the presenter for correction electronically by e-mail. No hard copies of the annual returns and other forms will be posted out.  The presenter is required to edit and resubmit the B1, B2, B10 etc and return it to the CRO/Registrar. Please note that annual returns must be resubmitted within fourteen days of the dated on the send back letter or otherwise the law deems it to be late. 

FORMAT OF BALANCE SHEETS
Under the Companies Act 2014, as amended by the Companies (Accounting) Act 2017, where a Company is claiming audit exemption their Balance Sheet should clearly show the exemption statements and the signatures of the directors on the face of the balance sheet. Other information such as the Notes to the Financial statements should be attached to the Balance sheet. [S355(3) & (4) of the Companies Act 2014, as amended by S53 of the Companies (Accounting) Act 2017)]

FINANCIAL YEAR END – REMINDER
The Registrar would like to draw the attention of Companies and presenters to the fact that if the company is late in delivering its annual return to the Registrar it may not file a B83 to alter the company’s financial year end for that financial year. Since the introduction of the Companies Act 2014, on a transitional basis, requests to accept a B83 late were considered on an individual basis. Any discretion in this matter will no longer apply from 1st January 2018. (S288(8) of Companies Act 2014).

CHANGE OF BANKING DETAILS FOR CRO CUSTOMER ACCOUNT HOLDERS
The CRO recently notified all Customer Account Holders of a change to the CRO’s receiving bank account, including details of the new receiving account. Please be advised that the CRO’s account with Ulster Bank will be closed from the 30th September 2017, and any electronic funds transfers (EFTs) lodged to that account after that date will not be received, which may affect a company’s ability to pay submission filing fees at peak filing time.

If you have any queries, or you would like to reconfirm the new bank account details, please email cro.customer.accounts@dbei.gov.ie  

INACTIVE CRO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS
Please note the CRO have recently issued letters to all CRO Account Holders where the accounts have been inactive since 2015. If you have received this letter and wish to close your CRO Customer Account, please contact the CRO Officer noted on the letter.

August

Problems with CRO Gazette Download.

11 August 2017 - CRO is experiencing problems with the download availability of the CRO Gazettes. We hope to rectify this problem shortly. In the interim, please find the latest issue of gazettes available here on this page which should allow access. If there is a particular gazette from a previous month or year, CROwebmaster@djei.ie can issue it to you as an email attachment. UPDATE: problem now rectified.

July

Discontinuation of Fast Track facility - 1st August 2017

The Registrar of Companies has decided to discontinue the Fast Track facility for company restorations. The Fast Track facility was introduced to deal with a backlog in restoration applications. This backlog in restoration cases no longer exists. The Fast Track facility will be discontinued with effect from 1st August 2017

RFS Annual Report 2016

The Registry of Friendly Societies (RFS) annual report for 2016 is now available at Corporate Publications.

Strike-off period to be reduced 

The period between a missed annual return and the commencement of strike off proceedings against out-of-date companies is to be reduced. The current period of over 300 days will, over three months, be reduced to 200 days. See further information regarding Involuntary Strike-off.

June

CRO Annual Report

The CRO annual report for 2016 is now available at Corporate Publications.

Companies (Accounting) Act 2017

The Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 has been passed by the Oireachtas and commenced on 9th June 2017 (with the exception of section 80). The Act amends or inserts a number of areas in the Companies Act 2014, principally Part 6 of the Act which deals with financial statements. Section 15 amends Part 6 of the Companies Act 2014 by inserting a new Chapter 1A (sections 280A – 280H) which provides for the criteria for companies to qualify as “small”, “medium” or “large”, and introduces the new “micro” category of company. Micro companies are very small companies and can qualify for abridgement and audit exemptions if eligible.

Delay in receipt of purchased documents - 26th June 2017

There is a problem with documents purchased from the CRO website and there will be delays in the issue of these documents. We hope to rectify this problem shortly and we apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Companies (Accounting) Act 2017

The Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 has been passed by the Oireachtas and commenced on 9th June 2017 (with the exception of section 80). The Act amends or inserts a number of areas in the Companies Act 2014, principally Part 6 of the Act which deals with financial statements. Section 15 amends Part 6 of the Companies Act 2014 by inserting a new Chapter 1A (sections 280A – 280H) which provides for the criteria for companies to qualify as “small”, “medium” or “large”, and introduces the new “micro” category of company. Micro companies are very small companies and can qualify for abridgement and audit exemptions if eligible.

Discontinuation of Fast Track facility - 1st August 2017

The Registrar of Companies has decided to discontinue the Fast Track facility for company restorations. The Fast Track facility was introduced to deal with a backlog in restoration applications. This backlog in restoration cases no longer exists and the CRO is introducing a new customer service target whereby companies will be restored within 5 working days of receipt of correctly completed applications, including all outstanding annual returns.

Since 1st June 2017 efiling has been extended to facilitate the filing of multiple annual returns (B1s). Once a H1 application form (Restoration of Company on application to Registrar) has been filed within the statutory timeframe of 12 months after dissolution, outstanding annual returns can be efiled up to 15 months after the date of dissolution. The Fast Track facility will be discontinued with effect from 1st August 2017.

Accessing CORE

Please use the following link if you wish to access CORE - https://core.cro.ie.

Fast Track Requirements - JUNE 2017

As the CRO has introduced 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.:

  • B1 - Annual Return (including financial statements and electronic payment), B2 - Change of registered office, B10 - Change of director and/or secretary, or a change in their particulars, B73 - Nomination of a new annual return date

presenters should note that it is up to the company officers to ensure that all documents are completed correctly to ensure that the restoration can be completed on the day.  Mandatory efiling of B1's, B10's and B2's will mean that if information is incorrect, or further information is required, it will have to be completed online. See FAQ regarding Mandatory E-Filing.

Launch of Central Register of Beneficial Ownership 

In e-zine no 167 of 9 May, CRO provided customers with provisional information about the central register of beneficial ownership which is required to be established under the 4th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD).  In that e-zine, it was stated that responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of the central register of beneficial ownership of companies and industrial and provident societies (I&Ps) is expected to be assigned as a separate legal responsibility to the Registrar of Companies in a Statutory Instrument to be made by the Department of Finance in the coming months.

While legal and technical work to launch this register is at an advanced stage, July 2016 proposals to amend 4AMLD (the “5AMLD” proposals) have prompted further consideration of the issue of public access to beneficial ownership registers and the privacy implications of such access. The outcome of the ongoing 5AMLD debates is critical, both to the approach Ireland takes to the registers and to our timeframe for implementing them. Consequently, these considerations
have had an impact on the legislative drafting process and this means that the original 4AMLD transposition date of 26 June 2017 is no longer achievable. However in order to ensure that the registers are established quickly after 5AMLD comes into force, the Department of Finance has indicated that development work on the registers shall continue under the following revised timelines:
 
- the register of beneficial ownership for companies and I&Ps is now expected to be launched in Q4 2017; more definite information will be provided in early September;

- there will be an extended time-frame (minimum 3 months) for companies and I&Ps to make their beneficial ownership filings which will commence after the expected Q4 launch of the register.

May

Digital Certificates of Change of Company Name and Re-Registration of Company Type –Commencement date Thursday 8 June 2017
Certificates of Change of a Company Name and Re-Registration of a Company Type will be issued as “digitally certified” documents commencing Thursday 8 June 2017. These Digital Certificates will replace the paper Certificates currently in use which are posted out to presenters. They will be emailed as a pdf document to the email address entered in the “Company email address” section of the G1Q form and D20 form following registration. Presenters can provide these digital certificates directly to third parties such as banks and other financial institutions by email as required.

Teething Problems - New Office - 19th May

The CRO Public Office has moved to its new address at Bloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1. Unfortunately we regret to say that we are experiencing some teething problems with the operation of the new facility and we would ask for forbearance while the issues are remedied.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

CRO Public Office and the Registry of Friendly Societies new address
The CRO Public Office and the Registry of Friendly Societies have changed address. The CRO/RFS have moved to Bloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1. The Public Office entrance is on the corner of Gloucester Place Lower and Sean MacDermott Street Lower.

Form F24 - RFS

Statutory Instruments for Industrial and Provident Societies (Notice of Petition for appointment of an Examiner to an Industrial and Provident society) (Form) and (Fee) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 1st May 2017. The filing fee for the notice of petition to appoint an examiner to an Industrial and Provident Society is €15. Link to Forms - Industrial and Provident Society page.

CRO Public Office and the Registry of Friendly Societies are moving address.
The CRO Public Office and the Registry of Friendly Societies are changing address. The CRO/RFS will move from Parnell Square to Bloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1.

The CRO will open in Bloom House, Gloucester Place Lower on Friday 19th May.

Public Office EntrancePublic Office Interior

It will not be possible to deliver documents outside office hours at the Bloom House address. Documents being submitted by hand must be delivered between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday only. The Public Office entrance will be on the corner of Sean McDermott Street Lower and Gloucester Place Lower.

The telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP - CENTRAL REGISTER 

The Department of Finance will shortly make a Statutory Instrument appointing a Registrar of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Industrial and Provident Societies who will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the central beneficial ownership register (BOR) in respect of those particular corporate entities. It is expected that this role will be assigned as a separate legal responsibility to the Registrar of Companies.

In advance of the passing of this SI, the Registrar has set out some provisional information on how the BOR is expected to operate at (link to website):

Any queries can be sent to the following email address: aml@finance.gov.ie  

SI No 560 of 2016 can be found at Irish Statute Book website: European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2016’.  Further information, including the definition of a "beneficial owner" in the EU Directive is provided at Beneficial-Ownership.

April

Problems with website  - 19th April 2017
Update: The website should now be functioning again. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Mandatory Electronic Filing

Mandatory EFiling

Mandatory Electronic Filing

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.

  • B1 - Annual Return (including financial statements and electronic payment)
  • B2 - Change of registered office
  • B10 - Change of director and/or secretary, or a change in their particulars
  • B73 - Nomination of a new annual return date

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.

Further Information

 

March

From Wednesday 22 March use of the following Company Status Description on the Register is discontinued:-

Receivership
“Receivership” means that Form E8 (Notice of Appointment of Receiver) per S436 CA 2014 has been filed with the CRO in respect of part or all of the property of the company, which property may or may not be beneficially owned by the company. Please refer to the relevant E8 form(s) for further information.
The Status Description above is being replaced with the Status Description “ Normal”.

Receiver/Liquidator
With effect from the same date the Status Description “Receiver/Liquidator” is being replaced with the Status Description “Liquidation” See Latest News page.

February

Beneficial Ownership

Statutory instrument 560 of 2016 transposes the first sub-paragraph of Article 30(1) of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD).

The rationale for transposing this provision in advance of the rest of the 4AMLD is that in order for the central register of beneficial ownership (required by Article 33(3) of 4AMLD) to be effective from as early a date as possible after full transposition, corporate entities will need to initially gather the necessary beneficial ownership data and to record same in their own corporate beneficial ownership registers.

Link to statutory instrument No. 560 of 2016 entitled ‘European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2016’. This statutory instrument requires corporate and other legal entities incorporated within this State to hold adequate, accurate and current information on their beneficial ownership, including details of the beneficial interests held. It has a commencement date of 15 November 2016.

Work has commenced on putting in place a central register of beneficial ownership, but such a register is unlikely to be in place till the middle of 2017. Any queries in relation to the statutory instrument can be sent to the following email address aml@finance.gov.ie

January

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Apologies to customers who may be experiencing difficulties in accessing documents purchased through the Company Search facility. There is a problem with the issue of the emails which we hope to rectify shortly.

Monday 16th January 2017.

Website services now restored. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

CRO Website/Database Maintenance/Public Office Closure 

The CRO is carrying out maintenance to its website and database on Friday 13th January 2017. This will result in the CRO website and database being inaccessible from 1.30pm Friday 13th January 2017 until Monday 16th January 2017. All our online services will be unavailable at this time.

The Public Office will be closed from 1.30pm on Friday 13th January 2017.

Any documents due to be received on Friday 13th will be accepted as received on time if filed on Monday 16th January.

We regret any inconvenience caused to the public during this essential maintenance. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mandatory E-filing - 1st June 2017

Form B1 and financial statements are required to be filed online from June 1st 2017. Over 87% of all annual returns in 2016 were filed online. Filing online increases speed, efficiency and means that companies are less likely to miss deadlines. From 1st June 2017, all annual returns (form B1) and associated financial statements will have to be filed online. It will not be possible to file a paper version of the documents. These documents will also have to be paid for online. Please familiarise yourself with the different means of electronic filing. Documents can be filed online at www.core.ie or through a software package. Filing online is cheaper than filing paper documents. By filing the annual return online, the cost is reduced to €20.

Forms B2, B10 and B73 are also required to be filed online from June 1st 2017.

These forms have no filing fees. Use the forms to maintain an accurate record of the company. Form B2 is used to update the registered office of a company. Form B10 to note any change in director/secretary details. Form B73 is used for the nomination of a new annual return date.

SI 458 of 2016 - Companies Act 2014 (Section 897) Order 2016 has been signed into law by the Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The SI comes into effect on 1st June 2017. These changes will directly affect the company of which you are a director. 

File B1 online June 2017

You can Submit PDF Financial Statements right now

The Companies Act 2014 requires all financial statements filed with the CRO to contain TYPED signatures and removes the requirement for handwritten signatures on such financial statements. This facility enables a company to file its annual return and financial statements fully electronically.  Customers can upload a pdf version of their Annual financial statements to accompany their Electronic B1 Annual Return form. This facility is as simple to use as attaching a document to an email. The customer has the option to upload a pdf of the scanned copy of the originally signed Accounts financial statements /Auditors Report that should include the typed names of the directors/auditor.

The customer can complete their B1 online on www.CORE.ieLinks to external website (the Companies Online Registration Environment) or through a software package. They then have 28 days to upload the pdf version of their financial statements.  Once they have been uploaded the signature page (that includes the overall certification for the financial statements), together with the appropriate fee, should reach the CRO within 28 days from the date that the B1 was submitted electronically.

To Upload PDF accounts

In CORE, when you have filed your B1 successfully, go to your "Workspace". Under "Document Management" you will see 4 icons. Click on the icon "Upload PDF Accounts".

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You will then be presented with a form to upload your financial statements. Locate the PDF file on your computer.Please ensure where the company has not signed the B1 electronically a signature page and fee (if applicable) must be forwarded to the CRO within 28 days even where the financial statements are uploaded. Where the B1 is signed electronically you will receive a cover sheet to send in with the fee if it was not paid by customer account or credit/debit card. If you have chosen to sign electronically and pay with a customer account or by credit card, then the submission is entirely electronic, so no signature page or cover sheet is needed.