Goodbye Annual Return - Hello Confirmation Statement

From 30 June 2016 the requirement to file an Annual Return at Companies House has been replaced with the requirement to file a Confirmation Statement within 14 days of the end of each review period.  

What is a Confirmation Statement? 

A Confirmation Statement is a statement confirming that all information required to be delivered by a company to the Registrar of Companies (Companies House) in relation to the review period (a rolling twelve month period):  

  • has been delivered; or
  • is being delivered at the same time as the Confirmation Statement.

 This includes information such as:  

  • changes to registered office address, principal business activities or standard industrial classification;
  • appointment and resignation of directors;
  • shareholder information;
  • information about people with significant control   Companies are required to file a Confirmation Statement using Form CS01.  

What is the review period?  

Essentially, the review period is a rolling twelve month period. The company may choose to file a Confirmation Statement earlier than required due, for example, to administrative ease. The next twelve month review period runs from the day after the confirmation date (being the date specified in the Statement).  

Companies should note that the deadline for filing the Confirmation Statement is within 14 days of the expiry of the review period which is less than the 28 day period that was given for the filing of an Annual Return.

Posted on 08/03/2016 by Ortolan

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