You must send an annual return to Companies House once a year if you’re a director of a registered company.
Your annual return is different from your company’s annual accounts and tax return, and usually won’t be done at the same time.
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 a year after either the:
- incorporation of your company
- date you filed your last annual return
You can file your annual return up to 28 days after the due date.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and your company struck off if you don’t send Companies House your annual return.
What an annual return includes
Your annual return must include:
- details of the directors and company secretary, if it has one
- what your company does - including its standard industrial classification (SIC) codes
- the type of company it is, eg private or public
- the registered company address
- the ‘single alternative inspection location’ (SAIL) - the address where records are kept if not at the registered address
You may also need to include:
- a ‘statement of capital’ if your company has shares
- details of shareholders, if required and depending how long since you last reported on them
A SIC code is a number that identifies what a company does, eg code 25710 relates to ‘manufacture of cutlery’.
You can include up to 4 SIC codes on your annual return that relate to your company’s business.
Find a list of SIC codes.
Send your return online
It costs £13, which can be paid by credit card or PayPal.
Send your return by post
You can download and fill in an annual return form and post it to Companies House, if you can’t file your return online.
It costs £40 - include a cheque with your company number written on the back.
Where you send your return depends on where your company is based.
England and Wales
Edinburgh Quay 2
32-38 Linenhall Street