From 30 June 2016, the annual return that all UK companies must
file at Companies House has been replaced by a confirmation
The basic difference between the annual return and the
confirmation statement is that the confirmation statement will not
require previously delivered information to be repeated, making it
simpler to complete. Instead a company will confirm that the
relevant information has either been delivered to Companies House
as required during the year or (if it cannot give this
confirmation) is being delivered with the confirmation
The confirmation statement covers the same areas of information
regarding the company, its directors and shareholders as the annual
return, but also reflects recent changes in company law. In
A company will have to supply information about its register of
people with significant control (or state that it is exempt from
the requirement to keep one).
Where a private company has elected to keep statutory registers
on the Companies House public register (see
Companies House: private company registers) it will have to
confirm that all information necessary to keep those registers up
to date has been filed at Companies House.
Unlike the annual return, there is no set date each year up to
which the confirmation statement must be made. The only requirement
is that no more than 12 months must elapse between confirmation
statements. This rolling 12-month period means that a company can
combine making a confirmation statement with another filing at any
point during the year if this is administratively easier.
The fee for filing a confirmation statement will be the same as
the fee for filing an annual return. This is £13 if online
and £40 by paper. The confirmation statement regime also
applies to LLPs.
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