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What is a Confirmation Statement?
What is a Confirmation Statement?

What a confirmation statement is and why you need to file it

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Written by Steven Moore
Updated over a week ago

If this is your first time filing a Confirmation Statement or you're interested in learning more about it then you've come to the right place.

What is a Confirmation Statement?

A Confirmation Statement, formerly known as an Annual Return, is a mandatory document that limited companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) registered in the United Kingdom must submit to Companies House at least once a year. Its primary purpose is to confirm and update the essential company information held on the public register.

The Confirmation Statement is distinct from the annual financial statements, which provide a detailed account of a company's financial performance. Instead, it focuses on non-financial information related to the company's structure and management.

Key Contents of a Confirmation Statement

  1. Company Details: The Confirmation Statement includes basic information about the company, such as its name, registered office address, and company registration number (CRN).

  2. Officers: It lists the current directors, company secretaries (if any), and other company officers. This section also includes details of the company's People with Significant Control (PSC), individuals or entities with significant influence or control over the company.

  3. Registered Office Address: The statement verifies the registered office address and any changes that may have occurred during the year.

  4. Share Capital: Information about the company's share capital, including the total number of shares issued, their nominal value, and any changes to the share structure.

  5. Shareholders: A list of shareholders and their respective shareholdings, along with any changes that have occurred during the year.

  6. SIC Code: The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code that best describes the company's main business activities.

  7. Statement of Capital: If there have been any changes to the company's share capital during the year, these changes must be detailed in a statement of capital.

When to file a Confirmation Statement

You must file at least one confirmation statement every 12 months. Your 12 month review period starts on either:

  • the date your company incorporated

  • the date you filed your last confirmation statement

You must file your statement within 14 days of the end of your review period. The filing dates for your company will always be viewable in Ember under the "My tasks" tab or by searching for your company on Companies House.

Why must I file a Confirmation Statement?

Submitting the Confirmation Statement on time is a legal requirement for all UK-registered companies and LLPs. Failure to do so can result in severe consequences, including your company being struck off the register.

Can Ember help me file my Confirmation Statement?

Absolutely! Please reach out to our dedicated team of accountants via the Intercom button in the bottom right corner of Ember and we will be happy to assist you with filing.

For clients on the Unlimited Monthly or Annual Plan, this is included in your subscription.

For clients on the Pro or Starter plans, we do charge £75+ VAT for the service.

Alternatively, you can have a go at doing it yourself and we have a guide on how to do that here

Have any more questions?

Please reach out to our talented team of qualified accountants who are always on hand to offer expert advice as and when you need it.

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