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EFIS 26, May 2008 : Company

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The Small Companies and Groups (Accounts and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2008 came into force on 6th April and apply to financial years which began on or after 6th April 2008.

These Regulations follow changes introduced by the Companies Act 2006 which have necessitated amendments to form CO33 which is filing a dormant company’s accounts.

Form CO34 is a new form for a company where the financial year began on or after 6th April 2008 and therefore contains statutory references to the Companies Act 2006.

Companies House has amended CO169, CO169(1B) and CO169A2 to reflect the abolition of the £5 fixed stamp duty which was announced in March’s Budget Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The ad valorem stamp duty, relating to a repurchase of shares, will now only apply where the consideration for those shares exceeds £1,000. For instruments created on or after 13th March 2008, CO169 and CO169(1B) do not need to be stamped by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) before they are sent to Companies House if the consideration is less than £1,000. Where this situation applies, practitioners must certify that the transaction does not form part of a larger transaction which exceeds £1,000.

Form CO169A2 which is signed on or after 13th March 2008 does not need to be sent to HMRC for stamping before being filed at Companies House.

Further information about these changes to stamp duty can be found on the HMRC’s website.

Finally form CO169A(2) has been renamed to CO169A2 and therefore form CO169A(2) needs to be removed from your system(s).

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Forms affected

CO169A(2) Return by a public company cancelling or selling or transferring shares from treasury Withdrawn
CO169(1B) Return by a public company purchasing its own shares for holding in treasury New/Amended
CO34 Simple Form for Accounts of Dormant Company for Filing Purposes On or After 6th April 2008 New/Amended
CO169A2 Return by a public company cancelling or selling or transferring shares from treasury New/Amended
CO33 Simple Form for Accounts of Dormant Company for Filing Purposes Before 6th April 2008 New/Amended
CO169 Return by a company purchasing its own shares New/Amended

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