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How often do companies have to file accounts?

Tuesday, Mar. 15th 2011

A private company must file its first accounts with 21 months of the date of incorporation. After that, they must be filed within 9 months of the company’s accounting reference date, as defined by Companies House.

If they are not filed within the appropriate amount of time, then penalties will be applied, these range from £150 to £1500 for a private company and from £750 to £7500 for a public company.

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How do I check if the company name I want is available?

Friday, Mar. 11th 2011

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