What is an annual return?

Companies registered with Companies House must also file an annual return each year as at the anniversary of the incorporation of the company, and are allowed to do so within 28 days of that date.

They can be filed earlier than annually if required but the following one must then be filed within twelve months of the new earlier date.

An annual return includes:

  • Company name and number
  • The date of the annual return
  • The company type – the most common of which is a private company limited by shares
  • The main trading activity – displayed using a SIC code
  • The registered office address
  • A list of directors and their details ie full name, date of birth, address, nationality and occupation
  • The details of the company secretary (though there is now no longer a requirement to have such a position)
  • A statement of capital showing the number and type of shares in issue
  • A list of the shareholders of the company

The cost of filing the return is £13 online using the Companies House government website or £40 by post. Failure to file an annual return can lead to a fine and the company being struck off from the register.

An annual return is not to be confused with your accounts, it doesn’t show any financial information, rather more administrative details.

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