May 2008

Companies House nearing the end of paper filing

From October 2008 Companies House will stop sending out pre-populated, paper shuttle annual returns. They will continue to send out reminders and it will be necessary to obtain and complete blank annual return forms.

Companies House will continue to send out pre-populated, electronic annual returns to companies registered for electronic or web filing.

This is a cost-saving move and is designed to encourage the change to electronic filing. Just over 80 per cent of companies now file their annual returns electronically.

In an article in the April edition of ‘The Register', which is the Companies House magazine, Tom Smith the Director of Customer Delivery states:

‘Our ambitions to be a fully electronic registry are undiminished. For those customers who are not yet filing everything that they could file electronically, now is the time to change. Paper filing will not exist at all in a few years time and should not be anyone's product of choice in the meantime'.

To use the web filing service or to find out more, visit the web filing page of the Companies House website.

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