Tomorrow, 28 October 2015 is the deadline for Companies Office (CRO) B1 returns for companies with an accounts year-end date of 31 December 2014.
If your company has prepared (or has yet to prepare) 2014 accounts, you must ensure your return is filed by tomorrow – at the latest.
If you haven’t filed, and your company’s annual return date (ARD) is before 30 September 2015, sadly you have already missed the boat.
The smart course of action is to file the return online using the CRO’s CORE web filing facility. This buys you a further 28 days (ie up to 25 November next) to submit the Annual Return signature page and accounts to the CRO.
You can use this four-week period to prepare your company accounts and bring its CRO affairs up to date.
Once prepared, you can submit your accounts in paper form, or upload a PDF copy via the CORE system.
If you need to file a return by tomorrow, and don’t have access to CORE, you should immediately get in touch with an accountant with CORE access, and authorise them to file on your behalf.
If you miss the deadline, your company will be faced with late filing fees (€100, plus €3 per day) and the (costly) loss of audit exemption for 2 years, unless you successfully apply to the District Court for an extension of time – which involves its own costs.