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CRO Update Regarding Filing of Annual Returns

The Registrar of Companies has decided that all annual returns due to be filed by any Company now and up to 30th June 2020 will be deemed to have been filed on time if all elements of the annual return are completed and filed by that date. This will enable businesses and their financial advisers to focus on the more immediate financial challenges facing them at this time. The situation will be kept under review and the date of 30th of June may be extended depending on the situation as it develops.

If you are due to complete your annual return filing at any time up to 30th June your annual return will be deemed to have been filed on time if you capture the B1 form, upload your financial statements, pay the fee and submit it online and then deliver the signature page as normal to the CRO by that date. You may also complete the filing as normal using Revenue Online Services (ROS) signatures instead of a signature page.

Companies should continue to file as normal during this period if in a position to do so. Annual returns may not be processed within the usual timeframes, however, anything received will be queued and processed as soon as possible.

Further information can be found at www.cro.ie.

The CRO has also listed some frequently asked questions below:

FAQs Filing with the CRO up to 30th June 2020

My Annual Return is due but I am working from home and cannot get my accounts signed or my signature page signed. What do I do?

The Registrar of Companies has decided that all annual returns due to be filed by any Company now and up to 30th June 2020 will be deemed to have been filed on time if all elements of the annual return are completed and filed by that date.

I have already filed my Annual Return and my signature page is due to be delivered to the CRO next week?

All Annual Return signature pages due to be delivered to the CRO up to the 30th June 2020 will be treated as received on time if they are received by close of business on 30th June 2020.

Can I still file online?

Please continue to file as normal during this period if you are in a position to do so.

Can I still file and sign with ROS?

You may complete the filing as normal using Revenue Online Services (ROS) signatures instead of a signature page, if you have a ROS signature.

Will processing times be impacted?

Annual returns may not be processed within the usual timeframes, however, anything received will be queued and processed as soon as possible.

What will happen if I still can’t file after 30th June?

The situation will be kept under review and the date of 30th June may be extended depending on the situation at that time.

Where do I get up to date information?

Further information can be found at:

https://twitter.com/cro_ie

https://youtube.com/c/CROIRL

https://linkedin.com/company/cro-ireland/

https://www.cro.ie/About-CRO/Contact-Us/Whats-New

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