Making an application to extend the period allowed
If coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts, you should act before your filing deadline.
If immediately before the filing deadline it becomes apparent that accounts will not be filed on time due to your company being affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you may make an application to extend the period allowed for filing.
Businesses will be able to apply for an additional three months to file accounts. The aim is designed to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.
As part of the agreed measures, those citing issues around COVID-19 will be automatically and immediately granted an extension. Applications can be made through a fast-tracked online system which should take just 15 minutes to complete.
If you do not apply for an extension and your accounts have been filed late, an automatic penalty will be imposed. The registrar has very limited discretion not to collect a penalty.
Companies need to consider carefully applying for the delay, as they may still need recent accounts to be able to support applications for government support in this difficult time.