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.