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Outrageous excuses for late filing of company accounts revealed

Outrageous excuses for late filing of company accounts revealed

‘Goats ate my accounts’, ‘A volcano erupted and prevented me from filing’ and ‘I found my wife in the bath with my accountant’ - these are just some of the more unusual explanations from bosses who failed to file their company accounts on time, according to Companies House.

Not surprisingly, the businesses that made these excuses received a late filing penalty and unsuccessfully appealed.

Penalties increase depending on how late accounts are filed and the status of the company.

Other excuses received by the UK’s registrar of companies include:

• Pirates stole my accounts.

• We delivered the accounts to the betting office next door to Companies House.

• It was Valentine’s Day.

• My company was more successful than I thought that it would be, so I was too busy to file.

Nick Parker, senior enforcement manager at Companies House, says: “Companies and directors must be aware of their responsibility to file accounts with Companies House.

“There will always be unforeseen events that mean a company is unable to file accounts on time.

“In exceptional circumstances, companies can request an extension to the filing deadline, however these requests must be received before the filing deadline.” Read more like this

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