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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.

You will be given 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 returns with Financial Accountability Supplement (FAS)

Step 1: 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).

Step 2: You can choose to answer these questions via the InfoDocs version of the CIPC version. Once completed simply select Next.

Step 3: After answering the checklist review and/or edit your Company Information and click Next.

Step 4: A summary window will pop up to give you a break down of your fees. This will be made up of:

  • Your annual return fee to CIPC (based on your turnover as per below table)
  • Any penalties due to late submission
  • A small submission fee of R50 (not applicable if you have linked your own CIPC customer code)
Annual TurnoverFiling within 30 business days after anniversary dateFiling more than 30 days after the anniversary date
Less than R1 millionR100R150
R1 million but less than R10 millionR450R500
R10 million but less than R25 millionR2000R2500
R25 million or moreR3000R4000
Re-Instatement Application (Form CoR40.5)R200

Annual Return Fees

Choose your payment method and then, click 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.

Step 5: Hooray, you have submitted your annual return! Make sure you keep them up to date to avoid company deregistration and being non-compliant. You will receive the confirmation certificate from CIPC as soon as the return has been successfully submitted.

Submit with Annual Financial Statement (AFS):

Step 1: Once you have selected Submit Annual Return with FAS click Next. A window will pop up to ask you to fill in the turnover (total sales) for the year and the audit type. Click Choose File to upload the XBRL formatted AFS (“iXBRL”) and click Upload. Once it has successfully uploaded click Next.

Step 2: Fill in the company details and SIC Code and click Next.

Step 3: A summary window will pop up to give you a break down of your fees. This will be made up of:

  • Your annual return fee to CIPC (based on your turnover as per below table)
  • Any penalties due to late submission
  • A small submission fee of R50
Annual TurnoverFiling within 30 business days after anniversary dateFiling more than 30 days after the anniversary date
Less than R1 millionR100R150
R1 million but less than R10 millionR450R600
R10 million but less than R25 millionR2000R2500
R25 million or moreR3000R4000
Re-Instatement Application (Form CoR40.5)R200

Choose your payment method and then, click 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.

Step 4: Hooray, you have submitted your annual return! Make sure you keep them up to date to avoid company deregistration and being non-compliant. You will receive the confirmation certificate from CIPC as soon as the return has been successfully submitted.

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