Filing your annual return

Every year (even if the company does not trade), you must file an Annual Return at Companies House. If you are late in filing, you can be prosecuted or the company could be closed down. So let Rocket Lawyer help you comply with your obligations.

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Each year, you must file an Annual Return at Companies House.

What is an Annual Return?

An annual return is a snapshot of the company as at a specific 'made-up' date (usually the anniversary of the company’s incorporation date).  Your return must include:

  • the company’s directors
  • the company secretary (if one is appointed)
  • the registered office
  • the company’s principal business activities
  • the issued share capital and shareholders
  • where the company’s records are kept.

What form do I use?  

You need Companies House form AR01.

How do I submit it?  

You can submit form AR01 online using the filing service on the Companies House website or as a paper document which is filled in and sent to Companies House.  Register here to file on-line.

When do I submit it?  

You must submit the return within 28 days after the first anniversary of incorporation or within 28 days after the anniversary of the made-up date of the last return submitted.  

If you miss the deadline, Companies House can prosecute you or close down your company.

Does it cost anything?  

Companies House charges a processing fee of £40 for a paper return or £13 if completed online.

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