One of the recommendations from Lord Carter’s 2006 review of HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Online Services, was that HMRC and Companies House should work together to provide a joint online filing facility.
Lord Carter also recommended that companies and organisations that need to file a Company Tax Return, must file their returns online using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). (XBRL is an international IT data standard that makes reporting of financial information easier).
Both HMRC and Companies House have been working closely since then to align their online filing services, to ensure their customers benefit from the reduced administration a joint filing facility would bring.
A joint statement was issued by HMRC and Companies House on 1 September 2009, to reinforce their shared commitment to this.