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Dormant company accounts to FRS102 - summary

Except for certain types of insurance and financial firms, companies which are not trading can file much simpler dormant accounts every year.

If your company needs to file dormant accounts, the Companies Act (2006) is the relevant regulation that you need to follow. Your dormant accounts need to be filed within 9 months of the end of your company's accounting period or you will receive a £100 penalty fine from Companies House.

Your Company Formations will prepare and file dormant company accounts normally within 2 working days if your business has never traded. If your company has previously traded and is now dormant, the process may take a day longer so we advise that you get in touch with us 5-7 working days before the due date.

For help and advice on filing dormant company accounts, please call us on +44 (0) 207 689 7888 or email us at

Filing dormant company accounts - our service

Completion and submission of AA01 form to FRS102 standard

For new companies which did not incorporate using our service, we will just need to know the name of your company, company number, authentication code (sent out by Companies House direct to your registered address), share capital, and the name of one director. If you used us to incorporate your business, we will already have this information on file.

Confirmation of submission

Once we have submit your AA01 form, we will email you confirmation of this. When we have confirmation from Companies House that they are happy with the content included on your AA01 form, we will also email you to let you know that you have met your company's obligations.

Frequently asked questions

Why are some companies dormant?

Companies are dormant often due to either restructuring, owner illness, or in preparation for a later product or service launch.

Are there any actions that mean my company is not dormant?

If you have paid dividends, paid employees, paid bank charges, or settled an invoice within the last 12 months, both Companies House and HMRC will consider that your business is not dormant. You will be required to file normal accounts to Companies House and to make a full Company Tax submission to HMRC.

Other important information

When filing your dormant company accounts to Companies House, we make sure that the information you submit is compatible with accounting standard FRS102. Your company must be up to date on all payments including to suppliers and to HMRC. Many accountants advice that you close your company bank account if your business is currently dormant.

Even if your company is dormant, you are still required to submit a confirmation statement every year.

How do you file dormant company accounts to HMRC?

If you have not told HMRC that your company is dormant, you must complete an annual HMRC Company Tax Return. Once you have notified HMRC that the company is dormant, you do not need to complete an annual tax return until you tell HMRC that your business has begun trading.

How do you file dormant company account to Companies House?

When we file your dormant company accounts to Companies House, we use Dormant Company Accounts Form AA02.

What fines are levied if I file my dormant company account late with Companies House?

Companies House will fine you £100 if your dormant company accounts is overdue. The fine rises to £375 after one month, £750 if more than three months' late, and £1,500 if more than 6 months late. If your accounts are late for more than one year in a row, the fines issued are doubled.

Companies House will not consider an appeal to have any fines against your company dropped because your company is dormant.

Frequently asked questions

We gathered all questions you may have about our company, process, packages and pricing.

What is company formation?

Company formation, or company registration, incorporates a business in the UK with Companies House, the official registrar of companies for England and Wales. The process creates a legal entity with a separate identity from its shareholders.

Do I have to live in the UK to form a company?

No. You do not have to live in the UK to register a UK company. The law allows foreign individuals and businesses to form companies in the UK subject to the following requirements —

  • Have a registered UK office address for the company

Consider engaging the services of a solicitor, accountant or agent like Your Company Formations to help you comply with all the requirements of forming and running a successful enterprise in the UK as a foreigner.

What do I need to register a limited company in the UK?

When you form a company using our service, we only require you to complete the online forms. A new limited company formation also requires a registered office address, a director and a shareholder holding at least one share. You can use our professional address services if you would prefer to keep your business or personal Director’s address private.

Are there any hidden costs?

There are no hidden costs for any of our packages. We advertise a fair, transparent cost for our services, so no unexpected fees are added at the end of the checkout process. We include the Companies House charge of £13.00 with all our formation packages. This fee is charged on all new formations and is included in the price you see.

How many shares does a company need?

A Limited Company requires at least one share per shareholder, with a minimum of one shareholder. There is no limit to the number of shares held by a shareholder.

How can I receive my cashback offer?

When you form a company through us and opt for an introductory bank or merchant account offer, we will send your details directly to the company. A representative will then contact you to set up a meeting. Once your account is open, you can claim your cashback by logging back into our company manager account.

What happens after your company is registered?

Once your application is completed, we will set up your company within 3 working hours, dependent on companies house workload on the day. You will receive a notification telling you that your application has been approved. Digital copies of your company documents in PDF format will be sent to your email address. Once this is completed, you can immediately begin trading with your company.

One person can form a limited company?

Yes, You can form your limited company - it can be owned, managed and run by one person. The person would act as the sole director and shareholder of the company.

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