Companies First Annual Return (B1)

Every company in existence on 1 March 2002 was assigned its own Annual Return Date (ARD) by law.

New companies incorporated on or after 1 March 2002 had an ARD triggered by their date of incorporation.

A company’s ARD in future years is 12 months from its previous years ARD, unless the company altered that ARD.

New Companies incorporated on/after 1 March 2002.

The first ARD is the date which is six months after the date of incorporation.

No accounts need be attached to this first return.

If the first ARD is extended by such company, this will shorten the time allowed before the company has to file a Form B1 with accounts. 

IMPORTANT: A company will also lose eligibility for Audit Exemption for the following two years if the annual return is filed late.

Please note: Our price does not include the CRO fees of €20.00 or any CRO late fees

Price – €149.99

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    REQUIREMENTS TO FORM A PRIVATE COMPANY LIMITED BY SHARES (LTD)

    To form this type of company you need one Director, one Secretary (cannot be same person as the Director) and a registered office address.

    • Minimum of one Director (one director needs to be an EEA resident):

    Anyone can be a director of a company once they are aged eighteen or over and you do not need any particular qualifications or experience. A person does not need to work for the company or own shares in it. One of the directors is required to be resident in a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA). If you don’t have a director who is based in the European Economic Area (EEA), you need to take out a Section 43 insurance bond. We require one proof of identity and one proof of address for all directors, secretary and shareholders (read below for more information).

    • Minimum one Secretary:

    Anyone can be a secretary of a private company limited by shares and you do not need any particular qualifications or experience. A person does not need to work for the company or own shares in it. The secretary may be one of the directors of the company (only if the directors are more than one). A body corporate may act as a secretary to another company, but not to itself.

    • Shareholders (members):

    Anyone can be a shareholder or member of a company and you do not need any particular qualifications or experience. A body corporate may act as a shareholder to another company. In a multi member company there has to be two or more shareholders and they will own 100% of the shares split whatever way they prefer.
    Example Shareholder A: 75%, Shareholder B: 25%.
    In a single member company there will be only one shareholder who will own 100% of the shares.
    The maximum number of Shareholders (members) is 99. We require one proof of identity and one proof of address for all shareholders (read below for more information).

    • Registered office address:

    It is a requirement that all companies formed in Ireland must have a registered office address based in Southern Ireland. The registered office of a company is where all CRO correspondence and all formal legal notices addressed to the company will be sent.
    The address must be a physical location, not just a post office box number, because people have the right to visit the company’s registered office to inspect certain registers and documents and to deliver the documents by hand. A letter addressed to the company at its registered office address must be capable of being delivered by An Post.
    If you do not have a registered office address in Ireland we will gladly provide you with this service (Registered Office information).

              

    WHAT PROOF OF IDENTITY IS REQUIRED?

    In order to prevent money laundering and to meet legislative requirements, we need to collect ID that confirms who each director and shareholder is. In order to confirm your identity and your address we require two separate items, e.g. a passport and a driver’s license. We will not accept one item to cover both requirements. As a guideline we need one item from each table below.

    To verify the Directors, Shareholders details we need ONE of the following photo ID’s from the list below:

    • Copy of current valid signed Passport
    • Copy of full Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland/UK driving license or provisional license
    • Copy of Garda Identification (ML10) form and photograph
    • Copy of Public Service Card
    • Copy of Pension Book
    • Copy of National Identity Card – must show photograph.

    To verify the Directors, Shareholders details we need ONE of the following proofs of address from the list below:

    • Original bank, Building Society or Credit Card statement – Less than 6 months old
    • Original utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, Mobile) – less than 6 months old
    • Original mortgage summary statement – Less than 12 months old
    • Original notification of determination of tax credits – valid for the current/next tax year
    • Original balancing statement for Revenue Commissioners – issued within 6 months of account opening
    • Original benefits Book – includes Child Benefit and Disability Benefit
    • Original local Authority/County Council Services Bill – issued within the last 12 months

    How long does the process take?

    Company Formation: It takes four working days from receipt of signed paper work to have your company formed and your company number issued. You will receive the original Certificate of Incorporation and copies of the paperwork submitted on your behalf a day later.

    Note: We send all your paperwork to your registered office address. If you would like us to send it to a different address please let us know and we will accommodate you, there may be an extra charge for this but this normally only occurs if you would like the package posted to an address outside of the Republic of Ireland.