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HMRC and Companies House common approach to online filing

On 1st September 2009, HMRC and Companies House issued a statement announcing a common approach to the online filing of company accounts. Read the HMRC and Companies House joint statement (PDF 35Kb)

Since then development of the electronic formats has been progressing to enable the statutory accounts that are sent to HMRC to also be acceptable to Companies House. The plans are to make the accounts available as a template that can be accessed from both the HMRC website and the Companies House WebFiling service. The accounts template will be in PDF format that can be downloaded from the website to the PC. The template will contain built in validation checks with information buttons throughout providing further guidance. Pre-submission checks will help to avoid omissions and calculation errors, and at any time draft versions of the accounts can be printed or emailed to colleagues or the board of directors for clarification or information.

The service will be targeted primarily at small companies, and will enable them to key in their data once and then submit accounts that are prepared under the Companies Act 2006, to both HMRC and Companies House.

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