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Companies House – Annual Confirmation Statement – Briefing Note

Written by Jon Cooper

Since 30th June 2016, the required filing of an annual Confirmation Statement has replaced the Annual Return at Companies House.

The overall rationale remains the same, for a company to ensure that the information included on the public Register of Companies is current and correct.

However, instead of this being by the company providing an annual snapshot on a particular date, as was the case with the Annual Return, the Confirmation Statement is to check and confirm that the information held is accurate.

In addition, as part of the first Confirmation Statement, the information held on your PSC Register for people with significant control will need to be added.

Certain changes can be made within the Confirmation Statement:

For any other changes, such as the location of the Registered Office or the updating of a Director’s details, the requisite form will need to be completed and submitted at the same time as your Confirmation Statement.

The fee for the Confirmation Statement will be the same as for the Annual Return, £13.00 when filed online or £40.00 when filed on paper.

This fee covers a twelve-month period and, during the twelve months, you are entitled to file as many Confirmation Statements as necessary without having to pay the fee again.

In terms of timing, if your last Annual Return was made up to 31st August 2015, the review point for the first Confirmation Statement will be 31st August 2016. Please be aware that, whilst the Annual Return offered a twenty-eight date grace period for filing, this has been reduced to fourteen days for the Confirmation Statement.

For the example above, the Confirmation Statement must be filed by 14th September 2016.

If you would like any further information, please contact us at tax@cooperfaure.co.uk.

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