Annual Returns - R450 (Excluding CIPC fee)
All Companies and Close Corporations are legally required to file their annual returns with CIPC annually.
Your annual return is so that CIPC can confirm whether your Company or Close Corporation is still trading.
CIPC will also update the company’s most recent contact details (which is required by law) and the company will also retain an ‘active’ status.
FAQ about Annual Returns:
My company/CC is currently in the deregistration process due to Annual Return non-compliance. Can you assist?
Yes, if it is due to annual return non-compliance. The deregistration process will cease once all of the annual returns are filed. Most of the companies/CC’s in deregistration will need to pay about R1350 (including all fees and penalties) to ensure an active trading status. Our fee is included in the R1350. Please complete the online form so that we may assist you.
Is it necessary for my company/CC to file an annual return?
Yes, it is required by South African law that all companies or CC’s must file their annual returns with the CIPC on an early basis. Please complete and submit our online form so that we may assist you immediately.
Why should my company or CC file an annual return?
The CIPC requires your annual return, to verify if your company/CC is still trading or will be in the imminent future.
How long does it take to submit my annual return with the CIPC?
The entire process can be completed in one working day. We take care of everything and will make the payment to the CIPC for your outstanding annual returns.
Additional information about Annual ReturnsWhen must a company or close corporation (cc) file its annual returns?
Companies or CC’s are required by law to submit an annual return once a year, within a stipulated time period.Companies must file an annual return each year within 30 business days after the company has started trading. Please refer to your company registration certificate to identify the exact date of the company’s registration.(For example only: If your company was registered on the 9th of April, you must file your annual return within 30 days from the 10th of April each year.)Closed corporations must file an annual return within the anniversary month of its incorporation up until the month thereafter.(For example only: If your CC was registered in the month of March, you must submit your annual returns once a year, in March or April. Please refer to your CC registration document to verify date of registration)
Do I still need to file my Tax return(s) with SARS, after I have filed my annual return?
Yes, please note that SARS and the CIPC are two different departments within government. Both are compulsory in trading legitimately.
My company/CC was inoperative for an annual return period. Do I have to file an annual return as well as pay the prescribed fee?
Yes, all companies and CCs are required by law to file annual returns, regardless of their status.
What happens if I don’t file my annual return(s)?
If returns are not filed within the stipulated time frame, CIPC will assume that your company or cc is inactive. They will start the deregistration process to erase your company or cc from its active records. The legal effect of the deregistration process is that the juristic personality is withdrawn and that your Company or Close Corporation ceases to exist.It is very important to start this process as soon as possible, if you have outstanding annual returns. Just complete our easy online form above.