Registrar of Companies to Remove Over 508,000 Non-Compliant Business Names and Companies

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Registrar of Companies to Remove Over 508,000 Non-Compliant Business Names and Companies

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Registrar of Companies to Remove Over 508,000 Non-Compliant Business Names and Companies

Registrar of Companies to Remove Over 508,000 Non-Compliant Business Names and Companies

Over 508,000 public and private business names and companies are to be struck off the register of the Office of the Registrar of Companies (ORC) by the end of June 2024.

They are made up of over 8,000 companies limited by Shares (both Private and Public) and over 500,000 business names.

This follows the failure of the entities to file their annual returns in order to be in good standing.

They have been served with notices, reminders through various sensitisation programmes and multiple publications for the past two years

Initially, the Office of the Registrar of Companies (ORC) gave the companies up to the end of 2023 but decided to extend the period to allow for intensive public education by the ORC and adequate preparation on the part of the defaulting businesses to enable them comply with the directive.

This was contained in a press release signed and issued in  Accra on Monday, June 3, 2024 by the Registrar of Companies, Jemima Mamaa Oware.

Penalty

“Per Section 289 (5) of Companies Act 2019 (Act 992), a company that has its name struck off from the register cannot and is not permitted to conduct business under the Company name for twelve years.”

It further noted that business names (Sole Proprietorships) lose the right to the name as it falls into the public domain after the name is struck off the Register by reason of default in accordance with section 59(A) of the Registration of Business Names 1962 (Act 151).

Furthermore, the release warned that “a company struck off the register can only be restored by the Registrar of Companies after a court finds sufficient cause and therefore issues an Order to the Registrar of Companies directing the restoration of the name to the register as per Section 289 (7) of the Companies Act 992.”

It revealed that “over 8,000 companies limited by Shares (both Private and Public) which were published in the national dailies and on our official website have been served notices and reminders through vigorous sensitisation and multiple publications for the past two years and were recently notified again in a release dated February 12, 2024 urging them to file their Annual Returns to be in good standing.”

It therefore reminded companies and businesses in default to file their Annual Returns and Renewals as directed by the Registrar of Companies because the Office will end the validation process of the entities in default by June 30, 2024.

Annual returns

The release stated that filing of Annual Returns is vital for maintaining compliance and transparency within the business community.

It ensures that companies and businesses fulfill their statutory obligations and remain in good standing with the Office.

In addition, the release advised, failure to meet these obligations not only jeopardised the entity’s legal standing but also undermined public trust and confidence and therefore requests that these entities take immediate action to be in good standing to avoid paying penalties and suffering potential legal repercussions.

“The ORC encourages compliance from all stakeholders to uphold the integrity of the business environment and foster trust and confidence among investors, consumers, and the public,” it stated.

It urged defaulting companies to visit the ORC’s website to check the names of affected companies in default to be stricken off.

ORC

The ORC is the government of Ghana’s agency established by the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992) with the purpose of facilitating orderly conduct of business and provision of business registration, insolvency, and regulatory services and in the process, to create an attractive business environment in the country.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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