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How to file annual returns

Annual returns are the yearly fees that must be paid over to the Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in order to keep your company registered. With InfoDocs you can manage and submit all your annual returns from one place.

If you do not have an account yet, register here and add a company to your profile. Choose the company you would like to submit an annual return for and on the right-hand side of the dashboard click File Annual Return. This will give you two options to select from, either  Submit Annual Return with FAS or  Submit Annual Return with AFS. If you are unsure which one applies, read this article and follow the corresponding steps below.

Submit Annual Return with FAS

Once you have selected Submit Annual Return with FAS click Next. Proceed to fill in the turnover (total sales) for the year and supply all the details of your bookkeeper, accountant and if applicable, independent reviewer (this part will activate an additional set of questions aka “the Compliance Checklist” you have to proceed to answer).

You can choose to answer these questions via the InfoDocs version of the CIPC version. Once completed simply select Next.

After answering the checklist review and/or edit your Company Information and click Next.

The final step would be to select Submit to CIPC. Please ensure that information you have submitted is correct before you submit the annual return filing to CIPC, if you would like to double-check or change something click Back.

Hooray, you have submitted your annual return! Make sure you keep them up to date to avoid company deregistration and being non-compliant.

Submit Annual Returns with AFS

Once you have selected Submit Annual Return with AFS click Next. Proceed to fill in the turnover (total sales) for the year, select the audit type and upload your iXBRL File by selecting Choose file, selecting the document, and then click Upload.

When your upload is complete click Next.

Review the Company Details, select the applicable SIC Code and click Next.

The final step would be to click Submit to CIPC. Please ensure that information you have submitted is correct before you submit the annual return filing to CIPC.

Hooray, you have submitted your annual return! Make sure you keep them up to date to avoid company deregistration and being non-compliant.

The CIPC fees will be made up of:

  • Your annual return fee to CIPC (based on your turnover as per below table)
  • Any penalties because of late submission
  • A small submission fee of R50

We will send the confirmation certificate to your email as soon as the return has been successfully submitted. Please note that customers who have linked their own CIPC code will not receive the certificate automatically, you will have to request the certificate manually from CIPC.

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