Deadlines For Filing Charitable Company Accounts

A Reminder from Companies House

If your charity is registered as a company with Companies House, and your year end is 31st March, your MUST file your company accounts with Companies House by 31st December

For other year end dates, the deadline is:

  • 9 months from the accounting reference date for a private company
  • 6 months from the accounting reference date for a public company

Please be aware of the definition of a period of months in connection with filing accounts. A period of months after a given date ends on the corresponding date in the appropriate month. For example a private company with an accounting reference date of 4 April has until midnight on 4 January of the following year to deliver its accounts, not 31 January. This does not apply if your accounting reference date is the last day of the month. In this case the period allowed for filing accounts would end with the last day of the appropriate month. For example a private company with an accounting reference date of 30 April has until midnight on 31 January of the following year to deliver its accounts, not 30 January.

If a filing deadline falls on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, the law still requires you to file the accounts by that date. To avoid a penalty, please ensure that you send acceptable accounts in time to arrive before the deadline.

It’s the date that you deliver acceptable accounts which meet the relevant legal requirements to Companies House that is important, not the date that you sent the accounts.

Outputs and Outcomes

When completing a funding applicaiton, you could be asked to explain all the expected results that will be achieved by the projectOutputs and Outcomes

Outputs are those results which are achieved immediately after starting the project:

For example, when seeking funding for a Basic Book-Keeping Course, participants attending an initial workshop would get a clear understanding of the basic principles involved, so this is the Output that the project has achieved right after the first part of the course.

Outcomes would be, for example, when participants have begun to implement these Basic Book-Keeping principles within their organisation