The new Form AA01 replaces the previously used Form 225 which was in existence prior to the Companies Act 2006 changes introduced on 1 October 2009.
Form AA01 utilises a far more straight-forward tabular layout than its predecessor and includes additional and clearer user information designed to aid in its the completion.
This extra guidance does come with added overhead and results in Form AA01 being three pages long instead of fitting on a single page as Form 225 did.
The first page requests information about the company concerned including its incorporation number and name. It then goes on to requisition the current accounting reference date details and then the new date.
The applicant is provided with a choice of two fields and should select one or the other depending whether Form AA01 is being used to shorten or lengthen the existing accounting reference.
The rules relating to changing an accounting reference date more than once within a five year period sill apply with exceptions available for companies in administration, Secretary of State approved changes, the alignment of group undertaking financial year ends and submission on behalf of overseas companies.
Form AA1 includes similar presenter information to that contained on Form 225 but includes and additional checklist to help ensure that all pertinent information has been included.
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