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CRO Newsletter 173 - 10th November 2017

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


ANNUAL RETURNS - PEAK

If you filed your annual return recently, please ensure that your signature page is received in the CRO within 28 days of the date the B1 was filed. Your financial statements must be uploaded prior to receipt of the signature page in the CRO.

If you require assistance, please contact the relevant numbers below:

If you have still to file your annual return, 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.

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. See Mandatory E-filing Webpage

 
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.

Should you experience difficulties filing your form on-line, help with the content of the form can be obtained.

  
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.

If you require further assistance please contact the Information Helpdesk on 01 8045200 or Locall 1890 220 226 
 
WHY NOT FOLLOW CRO ON TWITTER
 

CRO posts information on twitter regarding updates/changes to practices: https://twitter.com/cro_ie

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