November 30th, 2018

If you're one of the many companies that must file accounts by the end of December, do not leave it to the last minute.
It’s easier to file your accounts online and you can avoid postal delays.

Find out how to get your company authentication code, which you’ll need to file online. It’s sent by post to the company’s registered office and can take up to 5 days to arrive.

File early and file online
File online before the New Year’s Eve deadline and we’ll send you an email confirming your accounts have been received. We’ll send you another email when they’ve been registered.

It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish and you’ll know your accounts have been delivered on time.

If you’re a small company, you cannot file abbreviated accounts any more. Find out your accounts filing options for small companies.

Dormant accounts
You’ll still need to file accounts if your company is dormant. Watch this video to find out how to file your dormant accounts online.

Avoid rejections
The online filing service has inbuilt checks to help you avoid mistakes.

Accounts filed on paper need to be manually checked. We can only check them during office opening hours, and they can take over a week to process.

Check the current processing dates for paper documents.

If you have to file paper accounts, you could use a guaranteed next day delivery service. Send your accounts well before the New Year’s Eve deadline in case you need time to resubmit them. If your accounts are rejected and you need to resend them, you could be too late to avoid a penalty.

HMRC will not accept postal delays as an excuse for late filing.

HMRC online services
Our online services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check your company is registered for online filing and you’re able to file your accounts on the service.

Filing accounts at HMRC offices
The Cardiff office is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can receive documents during the holiday period. The London and Edinburgh offices have a letterbox for out of hours deliveries. The Belfast office can only accept documents during open hours.

Further information
Find out more about the WebFiling service and the company authentication code you’ll need to file online.

GOV.UK has information about how to prepare your accounts.

HMRC has further guidance on accounts and late filing penalties.

If you cannot file your accounts on time, email as soon as possible. Include your company name, number and the reasons you need an extension.