Government Encourages Irish Businesses to File Annual Returns Earlier This Year Due to New PPS/IPN Rules

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The Government encourages businesses to submit their annual returns before the busy period next month, due to the new PPSN/IPN requirements for company directors. About 80,000 enterprises need to file annual return to the Companies Registration Office (CRO) by November 25 this year. However, since this deadline is on a Saturday, the actual last day to file annual return is Monday, November 27.

Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary, emphasizes, “I am urging those with responsibility for filing company annual returns to take early action in filing annual returns with the CRO ahead of the deadline on November 27 2023

“This is particularly important this year with the implementation of the requirement for PPS numbers to be provided for company directors,” he added.

The inclusion of PPS numbers for directors aims to prevent redundancy in director data and improve the CRO’s ability to verify the authenticity of the submitted information.

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From June onwards, when company directors submit certain forms to the CRO – like annual returns, new company registrations, or changes in director or secretary details – they must include their PPS numbers. If a director uses a name variant different from what’s registered at the Department of Social Protection, they must provide the registered version on the return form.

Directors without a PPS number must issue IPN number and use it as a PPS substitute.

Mr. Calleary remarked that this year’s different. Every director must have a PPS number on the annual return. “Mismatched details between the provided data and what the Department of Social Protection has can lead to a rejected return.

Mr. Calleary warned against last-minute filings, especially if there are discrepancies in PPS/IPN details. “Avoid delays and potential issues by ensuring accurate details and filing early,” he advised. Learn what to do if your name differs across RBO and CRO registers.

As usual, we’re reminding you of the importance to file annual return on time. Late or non-filing can lead to fines, loss of audit exemption, and even company liquidation. If you’re looking for assistance in preparing and filing annual return, contact Chern & Co. Don’t leave it for tomorrow – take action now!

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