Requesting an extension to your filing deadline

What to do if you need more time

If you need more time to prepare your financial statements, you can apply to have your filing deadline extended.

You’ll need to give a reason for the extension, and provide supporting documentation where applicable.

Authority to make a request online for a filing extension

To request an extension to your filing deadline, you will need:

  • a RealMe® login
  • an online services account with the Companies Office
  • authority to manage information on behalf of the society

How to apply for an extension to your filing deadline

To apply online

  1. Log in to your online services account.
  2. On your dashboard, under ‘My Businesses’, select the incorporated society for which you wish to request a filing extension
  3. On the 'View Details' page, from the ‘Maintain Incorporated Society’ menu, select ‘Request an Extension for Filing a Financial Statement’.
  4. On the request form, provide a reason for the extension, and any supporting documents, if required.
  5. Click on ‘Submit’.

To submit your request manually

  1. Download Form IS4a — Request an extension for filing a financial statement for an incorporated society.
  2. Complete the form, and attach any documents supporting your request.

Send the completed form and documents to us.

By post to —

Companies Office
Private Bag 92061
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

or by email to

What happens next

If it’s the first time you’ve applied for an extension, the request will be approved automatically and the deadline will be extended by at least 2 months.

If you’ve already applied for an extension in the same period, your request will need to be reviewed. We will let you know our decision and, if your request is granted, how long the extension will be.

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