A new private company must file the first company accounts within 21 months of the date of incorporation. Subsequent years company accounts need to be filed within 9 months of the accounting reference period (normally the company year end). Failure to do this will result in an automatic financial penalty. The amount of the penalty will depend on how late the accounts are filed. For private companies these are:-

Not more than 1 month £150.00
More than 1 month but not more than 3 £375.00
More than 3 months but not more than 6 £750.00
More than 6 months£1,500.00

If the company files late for a 2nd consecutive year the penalty will be doubled. Companies House have been acting quickly to strike off a company when the company does not file the confirmation statement or accounts on time.

Information correct as at 1st September 2020