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From 30 June 2016, the Annual Return is being replaced with a confirmation statement. The new statement contains some new and important information about ‘Persons of Significant Control’ (PSC) but is very similar to the outgoing annual return. A reminder about the information contained in the outgoing annual return is shown below.

Prior to 30 June 2016 an Annual Return was a snapshot of certain company information at a particular date, known as the ‘made up date’. This is the date at which all the information in an annual return must be correct.
The made-up date is usually the anniversary of:

  • the incorporation of the company; or
  • the made-up date of the previous annual return registered at Companies House.

It is a separate document from a company's annual accounts.

An annual return contained the following information:

  • the name of the company
  • its registered number
  • the date to which the annual return is made-up (the made-up date)
  • the principal business activities of the company
  • the type of company it is, for example, private or public
  • the registered office address of the company
  • the address (single alternate inspection location - SAIL) where the company keeps certain company records if not at the registered office, and those records held there
  • the details of the company secretary (corporate or individual), where applicable; and
  • the details of all the company's directors (corporate or individual).

    If the company has share capital, the annual return must also contain:
  • a marker to indicate whether the company was a ‘Traded company’ at any time during the return period
  • a statement of capital; and
  • details of the shareholders.


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