What is a confirmation statement?

What is a confirmation statement?

If you run a limited company then you need to know what a confirmation statement is, and how to submit one.

What is a confirmation statement?

A confirmation statement was previously called an annual return. Your confirmation statement is the process of checking that Companies House has the right information about your business. This is something you need to do each year.

If you’re a limited company director then it's your responsibility to file a confirmation statement. Even if the details Companies House have about your business are correct, you still need to confirm this.

How do I file a confirmation statement?

You can file your confirmation statement online or by post. When you make your statement online the information is already filled in, making it quick and easy to confirm it’s correct. The fee is £13 for an online application, and £40 by post.

When you file your confirmation statement, you’ll need to check:

  • Details for directors and secretary
  • Details for your registered office
  • Address of where you keep your records
  • Statement of capital and shareholder information
  • SIC code
  • PSC register (people with significant control)

If nothing has changed, you can simply confirm that your details are correct and file your confirmation statement.

What if I need to make any changes?

There are two ways to update Companies House on any changes to your details.

You can use the Confirmation Statement to report changes to:

  • Statement of capital
  • Shareholder information
  • SIC codes

Other changes like addresses and your PSC list will need to be filed separately with Companies House.

When is my confirmation statement due?

Your confirmation statement is due 12 months from the date you first incorporate your company, or you last filed your confirmation statement.

It’s really important to know your deadline. Although you can file your confirmation statement up to 14 days after the due date, if you leave it any longer you can be at risk of severe penalties. If you don’t file your confirmation statement you can be fined up to £5,000 or risk your company being struck off.

You can find out more about your responsibilities as a limited company director in our guide to running a limited company.