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When do you need to file an annual return?

A company must file an annual return with the Companies Office each year as required by the Companies Act 1993 - it is an offence not to comply with this.

If an annual return is not filed by the due date, the company risks being removed from the register as the Registrar may be satisfied that the company has ceased to carry on business.


Each company has an allocated filing month

When you incorporate your company you can choose the month the company will be required to file the annual return.  You can also select a new filing month when you file the company's next annual return. 



A company is not required to file an annual return in the calendar year of its incorporation.  For example, if a company is incorporated in 2010, its first annual return will be due in 2011.


Last updated 30 April 2015