An annual return is a record of information given to Companies House about a company’s directors, secretary (where one has been appointed), registered office address and share capital.
An annual return must contain the following information:
Every company must send an annual return to Companies house within 28 days of the anniversary of the incorporation of a company or the anniversary of the last annual return.
Companies House will send a letter to each company’s registered office to remind them when their annual return is expected. It gives guidance on how to file the form electronically by using their Software Filing or WebFiling services.
If you do not deliver the company’s annual return, the Registrar might assume that the company is no longer carrying on business or in operation and take steps to strike it from the register. It is a criminal offence not to deliver the company's annual return within 28 days of the made-up date, for which Companies House may prosecute the company and its officers.