Every registered company must submit an annual return to Companies House each year. Here’s all you need to know about what, how and when you need to file.
You annual return provides basic information about your company such as:
Your annual return must include:
The cheapest and quickest way to submit your annual return is to file it online using the Companies House WebFiling service. Filing online costs £13 and payment can be made by credit card or PayPal.
You’ll need to register with Companies House for WebFiling before you use this service. To complete your registration they will post an authentication code for your company to the company's registered office address, so you'll need to allow plenty of time for delivery.
You can also file your return by post, but this costs £40. To do this, you’ll need to download an annual return form (AR01) and send this to Companies House with a cheque. If you do submit a cheque remember to write your company number on the back.
Companies House has produced this short video to demonstrate how to file your annual return online.
Companies House will send an email alert or reminder letter to your company’s registered address when your annual return is due.
The due date is usually one year after either the incorporation of your company or one year after the date you filed your last annual return. You must file your annual return no more than 28 days after the due date.
If you fail to submit your annual return, you can be fined up to £5,000 and your company can be struck off.
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