New business owners - don’t forget to file your Confirmation Statement!

August 9, 2017

This post is mainly for our readers who may be new to the world of limited company ownership, or who just want a reminder of some of your obligations.  You will know, of course, that Instafile is an app built to take the stress out of two of your statutory annual filings: the company financials to Companies House and the CT600 Corporation Tax return to HMRC.  The purpose of this article is to (re)acquaint you with a third annual obligation: the Confirmation Statement.


What is the Confirmation Statement?


The Confirmation Statement is a short document (or web form) which confirms that all of the information that Companies House hold on record for your limited company is up to date, and must be submitted to Companies House at least once a year.  If you are in any doubt as to what information Companies House holds for your company, you can check it here.


You will find an up to date list on all the things that you need to check and confirm on the government’s helpful in-depth guide found here.


There are some details that can be updated at the same time as the Confirmation Statement but, importantly, there are others that must be updated before submission of the Confirmation Statement.


For a new company, the Confirmation Statement will cover the one year period from the day of incorporation.  You have 14 days from this date to make your submission.  If you are in any doubt of these dates at all, you can find them on your limited company’s details on the Companies House website.  Put your relevant statutory dates in your diary now!


Remember, you must make a Confirmation Statement even if there have been no changes to your company’s details.  You must also make a Confirmation Statement even if your company is dormant.


How do I file my Confirmation Statement?


The Confirmation Statement can be filed online using the website.  You can find a government guide to the filing here.


Can I use Instafile to file my Confirmation Statement?


Instafile connects to Xero and prepares and files your financial information - your statutory financial accounts to Companies House, and your CT600 Tax Return to HMRC.  As such, it does not have access to the information required to populate your Confirmation Statement.  Please read your obligations on the government website and make a note of your key submission dates.  There are potentially seriously penalties for late submission so please be mindful of your key dates.


In the case of your statutory accounts and your CT600, you can rely on Instafile to accurately connect with your Xero and painlessly and instantly generate your accounts.  Don’t wait for the deadline day.  Get another item off your to do list in a matter of minutes.





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