CRO – A Costly Omission

We have spoken quite a lot in recent months about the various ways that Revenue will be clamping down on tax fraud issues and late filing. We also touched more recently on the fact that the CRO (Companies Registration Office) would be getting stricter on late filers, particularly companies with a history of late filing. In the past there has been a certain amount of leeway given to companies, and this year there was an allowance of two days given for online filing as a result of disruptions caused to businesses as a result of Hurricane Ophelia.

These changes to the way in which the CRO will manage late filings were placed into immediate effect this month as Judge Brennan presided over more than twenty cases of companies who were either late to file, or neglected to file their Annual Returns and Accounts. Prosecution notices were issued in early October to companies with a consistent history of late or not presented returns.

The CRO utilise a ranking system in order to identify those companies with the most consistent poor filing history. This system totals their fees owed over a period of time and upon another late or neglected annual return, those at the top of the table are selected for prosecution. Should these companies file on time, they are removed from the register altogether.

Fines issued during these proceedings ranged from €500 to €5000, including late fees, which I’m sure we can all agree is a very expensive mistake to make, which is easily rectified by ensuring that your returns and accounts are filed well in advance of the deadline each year.

With the CRO considering their next round of prosecutions, we would hate to see any of our Clients caught in the crosshairs due to an omission such as this.

Should you require any help or guidance on these or any other business and finance matters, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at EcovisDCA, where we are always happy to help.

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Looming deadlines are rarely anyone’s favourite topic of discussion so it is vital to remain up to date on any action that needs to be taken in regards to your business matters to avoid falling behind and encountering any issues. The deadline for company conversions under the Companies Act of 2014 is fast approaching and it is important to be aware ahead of time of your obligations to the conversion process. To make this process a much less painful one, we have compiled some of the most important points to be considered. It is expected that a great many Irish companies are to choose the “Do Nothing” option (as many an Irish mammy would say is the Irish way) so as a business owner you must stay informed of the implications of all choices.

Companies in existence as of 1st June 2015 must either opt in to the Model Private Company (Ltd.) regime or opt out of this regime and into the Designated Activity Company Regime (DAC).

There has been a provided transition period of 18 months from the date of the commencement of the Act (June 1st 2015), to allow companies sufficient time to comply and for the Companies Registration Office to act on the results and this time is now running out.

Any company incorporated after this date will be registered as one of the new company types under the act i.e. Ltd., DAC, CLG, etc. All existing companies must comply with the rules of the act during this period of adjustment. August 31st will be the deadline for all companies to initiate the conversion process whilst November 30th ends the deadline period. Any companies which have not actively converted to a new company type during this period will automatically be converted to Ltd. Companies will then be required to show their company type in their name which will then be reflected on a new certificate of incorporation

Although there is an option of taking no action and utilising a statutory default, there are many implications of doing so and it is actively advised to take action yourself in order to have full control over the process. Taking no action may result in delays in banking and legal transactions as despite having a new certificate of incorporation, the company will not have an updated constitution, as well as causing possible issues in the future as it will be deemed that directors did not follow the appropriate duties in this case. This is the future of your business at stake and there can be no room for ambiguity. When it comes to your business, you should always be in the driving seat on matters such as these.

Should you require any assistance or guidance on this or any other business or financial matters please don’t hesitate to contact us at DCA Accountants where we can help you make this and many other business matters as quick and painless as possible to ensure the continued success of your business.

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From June 1st 2015, the Companies Act of 2014 will come into effect. This new Act will replace the existing Companies act, which was in place from 1963-2013. This is the largest reform of Irish Business Law that we have seen in decades. Its purpose is to make running a business in Ireland easier. This new Act will carry on some of the features of its predecessor and will have a number of new features including:

  • All company directors must be over 18.
  • Existing private companies must choose their new company type: a private company limited by shares or as a Designated Activity Company (DCA).
  • A new company type will be created; a private company limited by shares can be registered with the CRO (Companies Registration Office). This company can be a single director company.
  • Private limited companies will be entitled to have a single director but all companies must retain the office of the company secretary.
  • All company directors who are subject to a foreign disqualification must file an appropriate form with the CRO.
  • There will be changes to the registration procedures, and required methods of notifying the CRO.
  • External companies will no longer be able to register a place of business.
  • As of June 1st 2015, all existing external companies registered as a place of business will be deleted.
  • A company will no longer be required to have an annual general physical meeting, instead an annual general written meeting will now suffice.
  • The existing duties of directors are translated into eight principle duties, which will apply to all directors.
  • Reintroduction of the requirement that directors provide compliance statements.
  • Some holding companies will be exempt from the obligation to prepare audited group financial statements where they and their subsidiaries do not exceed certain thresholds.


With all these changes in mind, what does this new legislation mean for you and your company?


The most important thing this means for you and your company is that integral changes to your business, whilst often stressful, must be made and this will be the ideal moment to begin deciding what changes can truly benefit your company.


Despite this legislation not coming into effect until June 1st, companies and their directors must now begin to prepare for these changes to come into effect.  At this juncture, it would be wise to begin looking at your company structure and making decisions about what structure and accompanying rules best suit your company.

For example you may want to remove the second “silent” director from the company that never had any involvement in the running of the business.


There will be a transition period of 18 months from June 1st to allow companies to act upon the relevant changes. If a private company has not chosen their new company type during this time, it will automatically become a new private limited company with a single-document constitution. This company type does not allow for the future changing of articles contained within its constitution.


This new default will naturally not be appropriate for all companies and this is a good moment to begin doing some housekeeping within your company. Taking a closer look at your company now may make all the difference in the future and, as always, DCA Accountants are available to provide any guidance necessary during this period of transition for your company.