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Filing and regulatory requirements

What is a Confirmation Statement?

You need to check that the information Companies House has about your company is correct every year. This is called a confirmation statement, and was previously known as an Annual Return.

Technically your Confirmation Statement doesn’t have anything to do with your tax liabilities, but it’s an essential part of your record keeping requirements, and is often completed alongside your Company Tax Return.

Your Confirmation Statement ensures that Companies House has an up to date record of your company’s:

  • Registered office address
  • SIC code
  • Directors
  • Secretary
  • Shareholders
  • Address that records are kept
  • Register of people with significant control (PSC)

You must sign the Confirmation Statement as true and correct, and make sure it is filed at Companies House by the due date. You must also include the filing fee.

Most forms including Confirmation Statements can be filed online. This is preferable for many people as forms are updated quicker on the register when filed online, and the filing fee is lower at only £13.

If you do not file your confirmation statement by your due date then Companies House will show your company as being non-compliant and will report this against your company’s name on their website. Any application for a good standing certificate will be refused.

The due date is usually a year after either:

  • the date your company incorporated
  • the date you filed your last annual return or confirmation statement

You can file your confirmation statement up to 14 days after the due date.

You can be fined up to £5,000 and your company may be struck off if you do not send your confirmation statement.

If you’re worried about completing your Confirmation Statement correctly and on time, Duport can handle it for you with our Company Filing service.

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