29th May 2020 The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced that the Registrar of Companies has decided to extend the current arrangement in relation to the filing of annual returns. The Registrar had announced in March that all annual returns due to be filed by any Company between 18th March and 30th June 2020 would be deemed to have been filed on time if all elements of the annual return were completed and filed by 30th June. Following a review of the situation, the Registrar has now decided to extend this arrangement for a further period until 31st October 2020. The Registrar has also decided to extend the arrangement in relation to entities (industrial and provident societies, friendly societies and trade unions) that are required to file with the Registry of Friendly Societies until 31st December 2020.
In welcoming this development, Minister Humphreys said:
While companies are continuing to file their annual returns, there will continue to be a proportion that experience difficulty due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 situation. I welcome this decision by the Registrar to extend current arrangements which recognises the difficulties being experienced by businesses and provides clarity for such businesses and their professional advisers in relation to filing obligations.
Filing obligations will be deemed to have been met provided that all elements of the relevant returns have been submitted by the aforementioned dates. However, entities are encouraged to file as normal during this period if in a position to do so.
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