Can you get a time extension to file an annual return?
If an annual return is not filed by the due date, the company risks being removed from the register as the Registrar may be satisfied that the company has ceased to carry on business.
If you are unable to file your annual return by the due date, you can apply for a time extension. If granted, this will give you a further 20 working days in which to file your annual return.
You can apply for a time extension to file your annual return online. To do this you must be logged on to the Companies Office website as a registered user and have company authority for the company you want to request an extension for.
How to apply for a time extension
Submit your application by using this online service - Apply for a time extension
Step 1 | Locate the company
Find the company by entering some search criteria (for example, either the company name or the company number) and select the Search button.
From the search results displayed select the company you want to apply for a time extension for.
Step 2 | Complete your application
- Applicant - Indicate whether you are completing the application on behalf of your employee or for yourself as an individual.
Note | You will only have this option if you are registered as a user of an organisation.
- Comments - Provide a detailed description of why you require an extension to file your annual return.
- Supporting documentation - Attach a supporting document by selecting the Browse... button.
- Select the Submit button to lodge your request for an extension.
What happens next?
If your request is approved confirmation will be sent to you via email along with the new due date to file the annual return. The request and its current status will also show in the ‘My Unfinished Business’ section of your dashboard.
You must then file your annual return by the extended deadline.