Voluntary Strike Off

If your company has ceased trading or has never traded, it should be dissolved for the following reasons:

  • A company, whether trading or not, has to file an Annual Return with the Companies Registration Office together with the Director’s Report and Accounts
  • Directors of a company that fail to file an Annual Return with the Companies Registration Office on time, leave themselves open to a potential fine of around €2,000 and any late filing penalties

To have your company struck off, we will seek approval for the strike off from the Revenue Commissioners who, issue a letter of No Objection. We will then prepare a legal notice in a national newspaper.

Companies Act 2014, gives the Registrar power to strike companies off the register. However, it is a discretionary power which he will only use if the directors of a company makes a formal request to him to strike the name of his company off the register and such request is accompanied by the following:

  • A statement to the effect that the company has ceased trading or has never traded and that it has no assets or liabilities exceeding €150
  • Filing of all outstanding annual returns, relevant filing fees and late filing penalties if due
  • A letter of no objection from the Revenue Commissioners
  • A copy of an advertisement published in a national daily newspaper

The winding up process includes the following:

  • Preparation of a statement to the effect that the company has ceased trading or has never traded, and that it will not re-commence or commence trading
  • The Registrar will then advertise his intention to strike the name of the company off the register and finally, a further month later, the company will be struck off and dissolved
  • The Registrar waits until he has a sufficient number of such applications on hand before he commences the strike off process