You need to check the information that Companies House holds about your company every year. This is called a ‘confirmation statement’.

The confirmation statement has replaced the annual return to Companies House.

This is different from your company’s annual accounts and tax return.

Checking your company’s details

Check your information on the Companies House register is correct, including:

  • the details of your registered office, directors, secretary and the address where you keep your records
  • your statement of capital and shareholder information if your company has shares
  • your standard industry classification (SIC code - the number that identifies what your company does)

After you’ve checked your information

Send your confirmation statement online or by post.

You can report changes to your statement of capital, shareholder information and SIC codes at the same time.

You can’t use the confirmation statement to report changes to your company’s officers, registered office address or the address where you keep your records - file those changes separately.

It costs £13 to file your confirmation statement online, and £40 by post.

Register of ‘people with significant control’ (PSC)

Your company must keep a register of anyone who:

  • has more than 25% shares or voting rights in your company
  • can appoint or remove a majority of directors
  • can influence or control your company or trust

Include this information the first time you file your confirmation statement.

You still need to keep a register if your company doesn’t have any people with significant control.

Read more guidance on keeping a PSC register if your company’s ownership and control isn’t simple.

When it’s due

You’ll get an email alert or a reminder letter to your company’s registered office when your confirmation statement is due.

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 don’t send your confirmation statement.

If you were due to file an annual return by 30 June 2016

You must file your annual return instead of a confirmation statement.

Example

If your annual return was due by 20 June 2016, you’ll have until 18 July 2016 to file it (including the 28-day ‘grace’ period).