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Restriction on Manual Filing for Certain CRO Forms from June 2017

28 September 2016

Statutory Instrument 458 of 2016 - Companies Act 2014 (Section 897) Order 2016 was been signed into law by the Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and now comes into effect on 1st June 2017.

This means that from that June  the forms listed below must be filed with the Companies Registration Office ("CRO") by means of electronic filing, and manual filings will no longer be acceptable after that date:

  • B1 Form - Annual Return (including financial statements and electronic payment)
  • B2 Form - Change of registered office
  • B10 Form - Change of director and/or secretary, or in their particulars
  • B73 Form - Nomination of a new annual return date

For Company Secretaries this is an important change as these changes which will directly affect every company. The B1 and B10 forms are among the most commonly filed forms at the CRO.

In particular, as every company is obliged to file an Annual Return Form (B1) every year, it is important that any company, whose Annual Return Date (ARD) is after the 31st May 2017, familiarises themselves with the online process ahead of their ARD.

Read the full Statutory Instrument.