Filing extension for charity accounts

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Both the Charity Commission and Companies House have announced extensions to the usual filing deadlines, due to the significant disruption caused to charities by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Charity Commission

In March, the Charity Commission announced there would be a flexible approach to regulation during this period. This included providing an extension to the filing of annual returns, (which includes the charity’s annual accounts), that are due imminently.

The length of the extensions being granted has not been announced, and will presumably be specific to each charity’s circumstances.

To apply for an extension, charity’s will need to e-mail: filingextension@charitycommission.gov.uk, and include the charity’s name and registration number in the e-mail.


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Companies House

If your charity is a charitable company, separately registered with Companies House, then a separate extension will need to be obtained from them.

The Government have announced that all Companies citing issues around Covid-19 will be granted an automatic and immediate 3 month filing extension. An application does need to be made to benefit from the extension though.

However, companies who have already extended their filing deadline or shortened their accounting reference date may not be eligible for a further extension.

To apply you will need to submit the request electronically, specifying Covid-19 as the reason for the extension.

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