Mandatory E-filing - 1st June 2017

Form B1 and financial statements can only be filed online since 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.

As of 1st June 2017,  all annual returns (form B1) and associated financial statements have to be filed online. It is not possible to file a paper version of the documents. These documents also have to be paid for online. Please familiarise yourself with the different means of electronic filing. Documents can be filed online at https://core.cro.ie or through a software package. By filing the annual return online, the cost is €20.

B2, B10 & B73 can only be filed online since 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 came into effect on 1st June 2017. These changes will directly affect the company of which you are a director. 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Mandatory E-filing

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 https://core.cro.ie (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 screen to upload your accounts (financial statements).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.