The insolvency measures to help prevent businesses unable to meet debts due to the impact of Coronavirus to continue trading and not be forced to file for bankruptcy have been extended. It was confirmed that the temporary suspension of wrongful trading liability during the pandemic will now continue until 30 June. The measure was initially set to expire on 1 June 2020.
This means that company directors can keep their businesses going without the threat of personal liability. This measure allows directors of companies to pay staff and suppliers even if there are fears the company could become insolvent due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
There are special rules in place which limit the ability to change a company’s year-end date. A company’s year-end date is also known as its ‘accounting reference date’ and is historically set by reference to the date the company was incorporated. Under certain circumstances it is possible to make a change to the year-end.
As a general rule, you can only change the year-end for the current financial year or the one immediately before it. Making a change to a year-end date will also change the deadline for filing accounts (except for during a new company’s first financial year).
Company directors and other eligible people such as company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register on Companies House.
Company directors and others are still required to provide an alternative correspondence address if they are appointed to a live company. If they are no longer appointed to a company, then an alternative address is not required and only the first half of their postcode will be made available to the public. The option to remove your home address from the public register is not available if the home address is the same as the company’s registered office address.