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.
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”. You then have two ways to file and sign your B1 Annual Return.
• Select your B1 and complete the form, pay the fee by credit card or by using a CRO customer account and digitally sign the form using ROS (Revenue Online Service). You then have 28 days to upload the financial statements.
• Select your B1 and complete the form, pay the fee by credit card or by using a CRO customer account. You then have 28 days to upload the financial statements electronically and sign the printed signature page and deliver it to the CRO.
There are links on CORE to help you if you encounter any difficulties when filing online. The B1 form must be submitted electronically not more than 28 days after the “Return made up to” date on the B.
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".
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.
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