Late filing penalties from Companies House

How a late filing penalty will be imposed if your company or LLP's accounts are not filed on time, and how to appeal against a penalty.


Appeal a late filing penalty


This guidance applies to all UK registered private companies, public companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs).

It explains how a penalty will be imposed against a company or LLP if accounts are not filed by the deadline.

Find out how to:

Our team is currently very busy, so it might take longer than usual to reply to appeals. We’ll suspend all recovery action until your appeal has been considered and you’ll receive a full reply in due course - you do not need to contact us.

Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 8 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Edited guidance on appeals as it's taking longer than usual to respond. Added reassurance that we'll suspend all recovery action until an appeal has been considered, so there's no need to contact us. A full reply will be sent in due course.

  2. LFP guidance for LLPs consolidated into the company LFP guidance.

  3. Added the online service to appeal a late filing penalty.

  4. Updated BACS details with new Companies House bank account.

  5. Paying your LFP by BACS only.

  6. Welsh translation added.

  7. Appeals manual version 10 published.

  8. Updated Welsh language LFP manual published.

  9. Welsh version of appeals form published.

  10. 'Appeal a late filing penalty' PDF uploaded.

  11. LFP manual version 9 published.

  12. LFP manual v8.1 published.

  13. Guidance converted to HTML

  14. Link to accessibility information added.

  15. Guidance for companies affected by flooding removed.

  16. LFP podcast added

  17. New version relating to changes brought in by the The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act.

  18. 'Support for companies affected by flooding' guidance added to our late filing penalty guidance.

  19. Welsh appeal manual added

  20. Guidance updated to version 2.9

  21. New page added: How to pay your penalty (Sut i dalu’ch cosb)

  22. A how to pay your penalty page has been added to the GP5 pdf

  23. Removed appeals manual

  24. Welsh translation added

  25. First published.