Introduced on the 30th June 2016 as a direct replacement for the Annual Return (Companies House form AR01); the Confirmation Statement (Companies House form CS01) is a simpler version of the Annual Return, yet serves the same purpose of confirming the details held at Companies House for your Company or LLP are correct.
The Confirmation Statement is simpler in that as long as there are no changes to the information Companies House holds for your company, you simply need to check and confirm the details without the need to to re-enter previously filed information.
People with Significant Control
We previously wrote about the Register of People with Significant Control (PSCs) – for companies registered before 30th June 2016, information about PSCs will need to be included in their initial Confirmation Statement. Companies incorporated after this time will have provided PSCs details during the incorporation process.
How to file and cost
The easiest way to file your Confirmation Statement is online via Companies House Webfiling or a software filing application. Not only is this easier, as the online forms benefit from automatic checks and pre-population but it’s cheaper also. To file the CS01 form by post will cost £40, whereas filing the form online costs just £13.
A Confirmation Statement, as with an Annual Return, must be filed each year. The date this is due (the ‘confirmation date’) falls 12 months after the incorporation date or ‘made up’ date of your final annual return. Filing of the Confirmation Statement must be completed within 14 days of the confirmation date. This is a reduction to the 28 days previously allowed for Annual Returns.