Send a charity's annual return

You must send an annual return (or update your details) every year if your charity is registered in England or Wales.

This is different from:

You need to send your annual return to a different regulator if your charity is registered in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If your income is over £10,000

You must send an annual return within 10 months of the end of your financial year. You also need to keep your charity’s details up to date.

The forms you need to use depend on when your financial year ended.

Before you start you’ll need:

  • your charity’s online services password (you can request a new password if needed)
  • your registered charity number
  • registration numbers for any linked charities

Your financial year ended in 2016 or 2017

Submit your annual return online.

Keep your charity’s details up to date (for example, contact details and trustee details).

You’ll need to submit your annual return for 2016 before you can do the return for 2017.

Your financial year ended on or before 31 December 2015

Send your annual return form online. You can update your charity’s details when you send the return.

If your income is under £10,000

You only need to send an annual return if your charity is a charitable incorporate organisation.

You must keep your details up to date, even if you don’t need to send an annual return.

Get help using the service

Contact the Charity Commission if you have a problem using the service.

Charity Commission support
Telephone: 0300 066 9197
Monday to Friday, 10am to midday and 1pm to 3pm
Find out about call charges