Not a question, more an observation (though thoughts are always welcome). A tale to tell.
Six or seven years ago, when I joined this site, I learned a lot in a short space of time. Shorten the year end by one day to buy you three more months was one of them. Fast forward a year or so, and another manager in my firm said 'Deadline's Friday. They're not going to make it.' I suggested 'shorten a day' and told them what I'd learned from this site.
Hissing noises were made, sharp intakes of breath around the office, cries of 'It's not right' and 'that's abuse' abounded. Some even said it wouldn't work.
Form AA01 was loaded and 'just to see' the manager dutifully filled it in, shortening by one day.
A check later at Companies House Direct (back then) to see the change in filing deadline and everyone is amazed. A comment of 'Well, we'll never do that again. We've got some integrity!' was made by the manager.
Fast forward five more years and its all the rage in our office. Shorten a day. Shorten again! Get 15 months to file. Hell, we've even for one medium sized client, EXTENDED from December 17 to June 18. Then at the end of March 2019 reshortened back to December 2017 to get to the end of June 2019 to file! The accounts went in last week for December 2017 and aren't late! I've even now got a client whose last filed accounts are December 2016. They're not late. The current deadline for the 18 months period to June 2018 is presently 29th September 2019.
So what are people's thoughts on this process? And has the system abuse significantly increased now Companies House Beta shows the impact of this straight away for all the world to see?
Finally, do you think Companies House will eventually petition the government to stop this abuse?