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ARD – Amend Submitted Annual Return

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Annual Returns, also known as company B1 forms, are fundamental documents in the corporate world. They serve as a snapshot of crucial company details at a specific point in time—namely, the company’s Annual Return Date (ARD). To ensure you have a solid grasp of this essential process, let’s explore the various aspects in more detail:
The Annual Return Components
1. Company Officers: The Annual Return includes comprehensive information about your company’s officers, such as directors and the company secretary. This section highlights who’s responsible for steering the company.
2. Registered Office: Your company’s registered office is its official legal address. All official correspondence from government agencies will be directed here. This address must be a physical location within the same jurisdiction where your company is registered.
3. Shareholder Details: This part provides insights into the individuals or entities that hold shares in your company. Shareholders are a pivotal part of your company’s ownership structure.
4. Company Type: It specifies your company’s type, whether it’s a private limited company, a public company, or falls into another specific category. This classification helps define your company’s legal framework.

5. Share Issuance: The Annual Return sheds light on issued shares, any share transfers, or the creation of new shares. This information is critical for understanding the company’s financial structure.
Deciphering the Annual Return Date (ARD)
Understanding the ARD is pivotal. Here’s a closer look:
– First ARD: This date falls six months after your company’s incorporation. It’s essential to submit your first Annual Return to the Companies Registration Office (CRO) within 56 days after this due date.
– Subsequent ARDs: After your first ARD, subsequent ARDs occur every 12 months from the date of your company’s first annual return. You have the flexibility to alter this date as needed.

Financial Statements and the Consequences of Late Filing
Financial statements are typically attached to subsequent annual returns, but not the first one (within six months of incorporation). Failing to meet the filing deadline can result in several consequences:
– Late Filing Fee: An initial fee of €100 becomes due the day after the filing deadline, with an additional daily late fee of €3. The maximum late fee is capped at €1,200 per return. It’s important to note that late filing fees are not tax-deductible.
– Prosecution: Persistent late filers may face on-the-spot fines or prosecution by the CRO. Convictions for breaching annual return filing requirements can lead to fines of up to €5,000 (Category 3 offense).
– Strike-off: If you consistently fail to file an annual return, your company may be struck off the register. In this scenario, your company’s assets become the property of the Minister for Public Expenditure, and you lose the benefit of limited liability. Any debts incurred while the company remains dissolved become the personal responsibility of its owners.
– Disqualification: Directors of a company struck off with outstanding liabilities may be disqualified from acting as directors. This action can be initiated by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement through the High Court.
– Audit Exemption: Missing filing deadlines can result in the loss of audit exemption for the next two years.
Adjusting Your Company’s Annual Return Date (ARD)
Companies have the option to extend or bring forward their ARD:
– Extending ARD: If you need more time, you can extend your ARD by filing Form B1B73 electronically. This option is available once every five years. Ensure you complete this process within 56 days of your current ARD.
– Bringing Forward ARD: You can file an annual return with a “made-up-to” date earlier than your current ARD.
– Retaining ARD: Companies can choose to keep the anniversary of their existing ARD for the following year or change it to a new date.
Remember that all elements of the annual return must be submitted within 56 days of the “return made-up-to” date indicated on the form.


Extension of Time to File
Under Section 343 of the Companies Act 2014, companies can apply for an extension of time to file their annual return through the District Court. The Court may grant an Order extending the filing period, provided it deems it justifiable. Companies must deliver the Court Order to the CRO within the specified timeframe.
It’s important to note that this extension option is not available to dissolved companies, as they do not have a legal existence until they are restored to the Register.
In conclusion, Annual Returns are a critical aspect of corporate compliance. Keeping on top of these obligations is vital to maintaining your company’s legal standing and ensuring smooth operations. Staying informed, meeting deadlines, and fulfilling your obligations are key to a successful and legally compliant business venture.
Amending and Resubmitting Annual Returns
If you need to correct errors or make changes to your annual return submitted to the Companies Registration Office (CRO), follow these steps:
1. Identify Errors or Changes: Recognize any inaccuracies in company details, officers, or other information.
2. Timely Action: Address errors promptly to keep records accurate.
3. Amend Using Form B1X: Use this online form as your initial return to make corrections and clearly indicate changes.
4. Resubmit: Send the amended return to the CRO with the necessary supporting documents.
5. Be Timely: Make amendments as soon as possible to avoid complications.
6. Keep Records: Maintain records of amendments and correspondence.
7. Review Carefully: Double-check the amended return for accuracy.


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