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 in accordance with S.I. No. 458 of 2016 and Section 897, Companies Act 2014. 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 you submit your B1 on-line you will have another 28 days from the date of submission to deliver your signature page and financial statements 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 delayed deducted from your customer account until signatures are applied. To open a customer account online please go to https://search.cro.ie/company/NewCustomer.aspx
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 email@example.com
Help with technical or IT issues is available from:
01-8045377 / 01 8045355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Note that the rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.
For more information on e-filing, click on email@example.com
or view a Youtube video on how to file a B1 on CORE at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxgMpx23Wzk
CONTACTING CRO'S CARLOW OFFICE DURING OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
It would be appreciated if instead of telephoning the Carlow office, customers seeking information or assistance could send an e-mail to one of
the following e-mail addresses, please:
Annual Returns: firstname.lastname@example.org
e-B1 queries: email@example.com
Business Names: firstname.lastname@example.org
District Court: email@example.com
Credit Card Refunds: firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer Accounts: email@example.com
Please note that on the CRO website, in the "Current Processing Dates" section, there is a daily update advising of the date of receipt of annual returns and RBNs (business names) documents being processed on that day. Customers should, where at all possible, avoid contacting CRO about documents delivered after the processing date given on the website as they have not yet been reached by the processing team. This will allow CRO to continue to dedicate resources to the processing of
submissions. Your cooperation in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
There is NO FEE for filing Forms B2, B10 and B73 electronically.
Changes to filing Forms B2, B10 and B73
The only change here is that since 1 June 2017 the forms B2, B10 and B73 cannot be filed on paper.
Changes to filing Form B1 after 1 June
Since 1 June 2017, the sole means of filing a B1 and financial accounts and paying for an annual return is 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 since 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:
Copyright 2017 Public Office Address: Companies Registration Office, Bloom House, Gloucester Place Lower, Dublin 1. Phone: +(353 1) 8045200
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