A European Directive has provided for certain requirements for publication of information in Iris Oifigiúil to be replaced by requirements to be published in an online CRO Gazette.
The Gazette includes the following lists in pdf format: New companies; change of name; annual returns received and registered; liquidations; foreign companies; other registered documents; strike offs; restorations.
Fully electronic filing of accounts available from 10th March 2014
Section 3 and 4 of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013, will be 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, including information on account types which may be annexed to an annual return, go to:
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT TYPED SIGNED ACCCOUTS BEFORE MARCH 10TH
B1 -Annual returns and accounts - send back letters - reminder
Where an annual return is sent back by CRO for correction or for fees, Section 249A, Companies Act 1990, requires that the errors/omissions must be corrected and a fully compliant document delivered to the CRO within 14 days.
If a fully compliant document is not delivered to the CRO within 14 days, the original document will be deemed not to have been delivered to the Registrar. The re-submitted document will then be treated as a fresh submission, potentially resulting in the company incurring late filing penalties and losing any entitlement to claim audit exemption for two years.
Taking care of Business - reminder
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. Attendance is free but early booking is strongly advised as numbers are limited.
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