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Companies House tests new WebFiling forms

Companies House has embarked on a series of upgrades to its online WebFiling facility, and is inviting feedback from members of the public on how appealing its new forms are.

Along with all other Government department and agencies, Companies House has moved large chunks of its services online over the past few years, with WebFiling being the most prominent.

WebFiling allows participants to provide company-related information to the registrar of companies online, as the use of paper-based forms rapidly loses popularity.

The service is secure, and provides online validation to reduce the chance of form submissions being rejected.

The cost of online filing is also cheaper – for example, the cost of filing an Annual Return form (AR01) online is £14 compared to £40 for the paper method.

Some of the most popular uses of WebFiling include appointing new company officials and changing a company’s registered address, accounting reference date, or company name.

In recent months, Companies House has unveiled a user-friendly ‘new look’, and ‘Companies House Alpha’ aims to see how users rate the design and ease-of-use of prototype forms and services.

You can currently preview an appointment of company director form, and a change of director’s details form.

From our own experience, the new forms do seem more attractive to look at, and fairly easy to use.

You can leave your own feedback for Companies House after previewing the forms.

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