RGD threatens to dissolve companies for not filing annual returns

The Registrar-General, Jemima Oware
The Registrar-General, Mrs Jemima Oware

The Registrar-General, Mrs Jemima Oware, has threatened to dissolve all companies that have failed to file their annual returns for more than a decade now.

According to the Registrar-General, most businesses, including some big ones in the country, have not filed their annual returns for several years running.

“Some big businesses in Ghana have not filed their returns and under the law, I can dissolve them,” she told Joy Business.    

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“By the end of March this year, I will put out a notice cautioning all businesses that haven’t filed their returns to come do so, failure to do so two months after the notice will result in they being dissolved,” she added.

According to the new Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992), all dissolved companies are to be non-operational for 12 years before re-registration.

Mrs Oware further asserted that, out of the over one million registered businesses in the Department’s database, barely 10 per cent of the registered businesses had filed their returns.

A company strike off also referred to as dissolution, is the
process by which a limited liability is removed from the register of the
Registrar of Companies. The process would effectively mark the company as
non-existent for all intents and purposes.

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