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Changes to UK company law

Improving the accuracy of the Companies House register

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We'll soon start to use our new and enhanced powers to query information and request supporting evidence. Over time this will lead to more accurate and trusted information on the register.

Reviewing Companies House fees

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The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency (ECCT) Bill will give us the powers we need to improve the accuracy of information on our registers and to play a significant role in tackling economic crime. We're exploring how our new powers will be funded and what impact this will have on the fees we charge.

Register of Overseas Entities: the story so far

Register of Overseas Entities

It’s been just over a year since the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act was introduced in Parliament and it’s been an incredibly busy year for us at Companies House. The Register of Overseas Entities came into force on 1 …

Changes to accounts, part 1: moving to software-only filing

When the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill is passed, along with many other changes such as identity verification, we expect to gain the power to mandate how companies file their accounts. We will be moving to software-only accounts filing, which will see the removal of all other filing routes for accounts.

Changes to accounts, part 2: small company filing options

The way we operate at Companies House is changing. Since 22 September 2022, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill has been making its way through Parliament. The changes set out in the Bill will improve transparency by making more financial information available to the public. This will help tackle economic crime and provide more information for enforcement agencies. As part of this package of reform, we are streamlining the accounts filing options available to small and micro companies.

Companies House reform: identity verification

At Companies House, we will be implementing a new identity verification process to help deter those wishing to start companies for illegal purposes. Find out how anyone setting up, running, owning or controlling a company in the UK will need to verify their identity to prove that they are who they claim to be.