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CAC Alerts On Full Application Of Penalties For Failure To File Annual Returns, Sets Deadline

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The management of the Corporate Affairs Commission has on Thursday reminded the general public and, in particular, Companies operating in Nigeria, their Directors and Officers that the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA) requires Companies to file annual returns with the Commission annually.

In a statement published on the CAC website, the Commission noted that the reminder was “informed by what the Commission has observed as large scale non-compliance with this requirement by Companies, notwithstanding that the Companies Regulations 2021 prescribe stiffer penalties than are presently applied by the Commission for non-compliance.”

In line with its statutory mandate, the Commission announced that “from 1st January 2024 commence the full application of the penalties provided by the Companies Regulations 2021 for non-compliance with this requirement.

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“As from that date, the penalties prescribed by the Companies Regulations against a Company and each of its Directors or Officers shall be applied fully by the Commission for failure to file annual returns”, the CAC warned.

The commission further warned that “defaulting Companies, their Directors and Officers are encouraged to take advantage of the window between the date of this publication and 1st January 2024 to comply with the above requirement by promptly filing their annual returns with the Commission.

“Furthermore, Companies, their Directors and Officers should take note that henceforth, the Commission shall proceed against Directors and Officers of struck-off and wound-up Companies for recovery of undischarged penalties against them”, the Commission added.