As the director of a limited company, you’re legally required to submit tax returns and company accounts to both HMRC and Companies House. In your first year of running the company, the submission dates of these two components will be separate, as their deadlines are across different dates for the financial year.
Companies House will provide your company with an accounting reference date; this is when they expect its year end to be. It will usually be the last day of the month in which your company was first created, so the initial set of company accounts you’ll be required to submit will likely be longer than a 12-month period.
With regard to corporation tax and your company tax return, you’ll be given an official accounting period. This will begin when you start business activities and generally ends on your accounting reference date provided by Companies House.
Your corporation tax return can’t ever be longer than 365 days, so you’re legally required to submit two tax returns to make up for any discrepancy in the dates between your accounting reference date and initial company formation.
Whilst this may all seem confusing, we’re able to automate this entire process for you to make things as simple as possible.