Reasons for filing extension Companies House

What have you used when requesting this?

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Co House offers options of illness, accounting issues or other. Other seems likely to be the best issue for under resourced teams suffering from staff changes but will it go through? What reaons have you given or have you all just selected illness even if the illnesss was little more than a sniffle?

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2023 06:54

The accounting period was shortened.

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By nfpbod
12th May 2023 07:54

A classic. Filed a day before the usual deadline giving maximum time to file?

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2023 08:22

If possible. I don't like leaving it to the last minute.

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By whyowhy
12th May 2023 08:46

I have applied for an extension 3 times, said accounting issues each time and each time it has been approved immediately. I suspect at the moment there isn't a human actually monitoring the process. Whatever you chose I think it will go through.

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By Viciuno
12th May 2023 09:10

We have found this to be the case. Regardless of the option chosen. Sometimes we get an email to say it is being reviewed but they often accept the same day.

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By lionofludesch
12th May 2023 09:31

How much extra time do you typically get allowed?

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By nfpbod
13th May 2023 12:31

3 months

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By lionofludesch
13th May 2023 13:01

Same as shortening, then. But extra hassle.

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By wilcoskip
31st May 2023 11:52

Really not much hassle at all. As someone has said, seems to be automatic rather than actually being reviewed. Takes about a minute per application. Did two this morning and got acceptance within 3 minutes of each.

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By Roland195
12th May 2023 09:28

Not sure if it is deliberate policy by Companies House but I find they are incredibly accommodating on granting extensions - can't recall ever having one turned down but are like a dog with a bone with late filing penalties - can't recall ever successfully having one lifted.

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By wilcoskip
31st May 2023 11:53

In over 20 years of accounting work, I've had Co House accept 1 appeal for late filing. Appeal was due to bereavement and serious illness. Took 10 months to get the reply from Co House accepting it as a valid reason.

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By Matrix
12th May 2023 10:55

Covid works every time.

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By philaccountant
30th May 2023 17:00

Option is gone now...

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By DJKL
30th May 2023 17:16

Has it- I know someone who was ill with Covid in late April 2023, it is still out there.

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By nfpbod
30th May 2023 22:01

Having done a couple recently Co House still seem to be auto approving 3 month extensions. The auto Covid extension has gone but could still be cited as the reason under illness.

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By SkyBlue22
12th May 2023 11:50

I had to do multiple when a colleague was seriously unwell. I think it was approved in about 5 minutes. I doubt anyone is even reading them.

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By SkyBlue22
12th May 2023 11:53

I had to do multiple when a colleague was seriously unwell. I think it was approved in about 5 minutes. I doubt anyone is even reading them.

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By nfpbod
13th May 2023 12:32

Thanks all. I might go with accounting issues if that’s still going through instantly (which it sounds like it is)

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By Worcs2020
25th Sep 2023 13:43

Hi, is Companies House still auto accepting the accounting issues reason for accounts extension? what do you put in the box "how does this affect your ability" - we are being held up by auditor resource/final sign offs. Thanks

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By Webs1234567
07th Nov 2023 21:27

Has anyone had very recent experience of these requests for filing date extension being automatically approved? Is it best to apply online, rather than calling CH? Thank you

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By Matrix
08th Nov 2023 06:55

Yes accounting issues worked a few weeks ago. (Nothing to do with me, no idea why the client is having to request new bank statements to give to the bookkeeper.)

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