New legislation – like the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (ECCTA) – is imposing changes that are being implemented over the coming months and years, which, broadly, include:
- improving financial information available at Companies House so that it’s more accurate,
- introducing identity verification for directors, people with significant control and those who do company filings,
- providing Companies House with better investigation and enforcement powers and better, cross-checking of data with other bodies,
- enhancing the protection of personal information provided to Companies House,
- changing filing requirements for smaller companies, who will no longer have the option to file abridged ‘filleted’ accounts,
- reforms to give businesses more confidence to share information to tackle economic crime, and
- a new ‘failure to prevent fraud’ offence.
There’s also the Register of Overseas Entities, which has been required from 1 August 2022, to give greater transparency about company ownership. It’s a criminal offence not to file an updated statement, so entities may face prosecution and/or a financial penalty. Overseas entities that haven’t registered with Companies House face restrictions on dealing with their property / land.
Coming soon…. (March 2024)
Kudocs have pulled together the list below of new Companies House requirements that are going live soon (March 2024).
- Registered email address. This needs to be provided on incorporation or, for existing entities, in your next confirmation statement, which is filed annually.
- Registered address must be “appropriate”. PO Box addresses will not be permitted. Confirmation will be required when you incorporate and when you change your registered address.
- Confirmation that you are carrying out a “lawful purpose”. Again this needs to be provided on incorporation or, for existing entities, in your next confirmation statement.
One big question is about identity verification – what will be required to verify people, who will be able to do that, and how this relates to existing verification being carried out by professional advisers (KYC/ AML checks, etc). Companies House is still working on this so we will provide updates when this becomes clearer. This is unlikely to come into effect this year.
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