What’s the difference between the Companies House Annual Return and a Corporation Tax Return?

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Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs use different systems

Each year, different reports have to be submitted to different Government departments.

The Companies House Annual Return

The Companies House Annual Return is a report which sets out a list of the Directors, Company Secretaries and Shareholders of a UK limited company. It also shows the registered office address. The form is due once per year and normally, the reporting date is on the anniversary of incorporation, and the due date is 28 days after that.

The HMRC Corporation Tax Return

The HMRC Corporation Tax Return normally accompanies the annual trading accounts. Accounts in an abbreviated form are due at Companies House nine months after the end of a trading period. The Corporation Tax Return and a copy of the full accounts are due at HMRC twelve months after the end of a trading period.

That means that the accountant may end up working on different reports at different times of the year and with different deadlines!

Posted on 31 Oct 2009 by The Proactive Accountant Dot Com

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