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Confirmation statement

What is a confirmation statement?

A confirmation statement is a document submitted to Companies House every year to ensure that your business details are up to date.

All limited companies and LLP’s are required to file confirmation statements at least once per year. Sole proprietors and other partnerships are not required to submit these documents.

As a limited company, there are a number of different documents you need to submit to HMRC and Companies House. Read more on our blog: “Year end accounting for limited companies”.

Even if your business details haven’t changed from the previous year, you will still need to file the confirmation statement.

What information is on a confirmation statement?

The confirmation statement ensures that Companies House has the latest information for your business. This includes your business address, list of directors, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, shareholders, and any persons with significant control (PSC).

Essentially, the confirmation statement is an overview of your business and the people running it.

How to file a confirmation statement

You can file your confirmation statement online or via a paper form (CS01 form). It costs £13 (annually) to submit online, and £40 to submit via post.

To submit online, you will need to have a Companies House online account password and authentication code. If you do not already have these, you can register for online filing on the Companies House website.

When do I need to submit a confirmation statement?

Companies House states that you must submit the confirmation statement at least once per year within your “review period”.

For new companies, your review period starts on the date of incorporation and runs for 12 months. If your company was incorporated on April 1st 2020, the review period will end on March 31st 2021.

For existing companies, the review period begins the day after you last submitted a confirmation statement.

You will receive an email notification when your confirmation statement is due.

Penalties for overdue confirmation statements

You have 14 days from the end of your review period to submit the confirmation statement. If it is not submitted in time, you may face penalties up to £5000 or have your company struck off the registry.

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