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Companies House published guidance titled ‘Reporting scams pretending to be from Companies House’ has been updated. The list is intended to help people check if contacts purporting to be from Companies House are actually a scam.

The guidance

Changes to Companies House Fees

There have been a number of significant changes in Companies House fees. These changes took effect on 1 May 2024. The last significant change in fees occurred in April 2016.

The new fees have been calculated on a ‘cost recovery’ basis meaning that

Register an overseas company

An overseas company must register with Companies House if they want to set up a place of business in the UK. This would mean that the overseas company has a physical presence in the UK through which it carries on business.

If an overseas company

Closing a limited company

There are a number of reasons why you may need to close your limited company. This could be because the company structure no longer suits your needs, your business is no longer active, or the company is insolvent. You will usually need the agreement

Company names – new regulations

A recent post by Companies House confirmed that they are now using new powers to challenge the registration of certain company names.

Extracts from their recent blog post is reproduced below:

“New powers to challenge company names

These

Company confirmation statement changes

As well as filing accounts with Companies House, there is an important requirement to check that the information Companies House has about your company is correct every year. This is facilitated by the filing of an annual company confirmation

Register of Overseas Entities

The Register of Overseas Entities came into force in the UK on 1 August 2022. The register is held by Companies House and requires overseas entities that own land or property in the UK to declare their beneficial owners and / or managing

Changing a company’s accounting year end

There are special rules which limit the ability to change your company’s accounting year end date. A company’s year end date is also known as its ‘accounting reference date’ and is historically set by reference to the date the company was

Advise HMRC if company is dormant

If a company has stopped trading and has no other income, then the company is usually classed as dormant for Corporation Tax purposes.

A company is usually dormant for Corporation Tax if it:

has stopped trading and has no other income, for

Companies House filing fees increase

Companies House has announced that some of their fees will be changing from 1 May 2024. The last change in fees was April 2016.

The fees have been calculated on a ‘cost recovery’ basis meaning that the fees are calculated based on what it costs to