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Filing your confirmation statement

Every year (even if the company does not trade), a company must file a confirmation statement confirming that it has delivered all the information it was required to provide in the period to which the confirmation statement relates at Companies House. This requirement came into effect on 30 June 2016 and replaced the requirement to submit an annual return. The confirmation statement must be returned at Companies House (or Companies House in Edinburgh for companies registered in Scotland). It is a criminal offence to not file a confirmation statement within 14 days of the end of the review period.

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A confirmation statement is a requirement for every company (including dormant and non-trading companies) confirming that all information required to be delivered by the company to the Registrar in relation to the confirmation period has been delivered, or is being delivered at the same time as the confirmation statement.

You need the Companies House confirmation statement Form CS01.

You can submit Form CS01 online using the filing service on the Companies House website or as a paper document that is filled in and sent to Companies House. Register here to file online.

You must submit it within 14 days after the end of each 12 month review period. Your 12 month review period starts on either:

  • the date your company incorporated

  • the date you filed your last confirmation statement

Therefore, a confirmation statement must be provided in every 12 month period. However, a company can choose to provide a confirmation statement at any point prior to this due date.

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

You can use the CS01 parts 1 to 4 if you need to make any changes to your company information.

  • Part 1 for changes to the principal business activities or standard industrial classification (SIC)

  • Part 2 for changes to the statement of capital

  • Part 3 for changes to the trading status of shares and exemption from keeping a register of people with significant control (PSC)

  • Part 4 for changes to the shareholder information

You will also have to fill in these forms if this is the first time you are supplying this information.

If you need to make any changes to the registered office address, single alternative inspection address (SAIL) and company records, officer appointments and information about people with significant control, you must do this separately before or at the same time as the confirmation statement.

Companies House will typically send a reminder to the company shortly before the filing deadline, which states the last date for filing and outlines the consequences of late delivery. It's important to note that whilst you can use accountants to assist you with any filing requirements, the Companies Act 2006 states that the ultimate responsibility for filings lies with the company officers (ie the directors). This means that the legal responsibility for accurate and timely filings of the company accounts lies with the company officers and cannot be passed to any third parties.

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