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:

If your income is under £10,000


You don’t need to send an annual return if your charity’s income is under £10,000. You must keep your details up to date (for example, income, expenditure, trustees and contact details).

Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) must complete an annual return even if their income is under £10,000.

If your income is over £10,000


You must:

  • send an annual return within 10 months of the end of your financial year - check what you need to include
  • keep your charity’s details up to date

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

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

Your financial year ended in 2016 or 2017

You need to use 2 separate systems to:

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.

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

Get help using the service

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

Charity Commission support
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