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CIPC Annual Returns

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Do you need to file your Company/ CC’s Annual Return with CIPC? We submit Annual Returns for Companies and CC’s all-over South Africa through an easy online process. CIPC requests that ALL South African CC’s and PTY Companies pay Annual Return Fees every 12 months.

All companies (including external companies) and close corporations are required by law to lodge their Annual Returns with CIPC within a certain period of time every year. An Annual Return is a statutory return in terms of the Companies and Close Corporations Acts and therefore MUST be complied with. Failure to do so will result in the Commission assuming that the company and/or close corporation is not doing business or is not intending on doing business in the near future. Non-compliance with annual returns may lead to deregistration, which has the effect that the juristic personality is withdrawn and the company or close corporation ceases to exist.

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Once Off Fee = R200

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about CIPC Annual Returns.

All companies are required to file their annual returns with the CIPC once a year, within 30 days of your company’s birthday. The reason for filing annual returns is to confirm whether a company is still in business, or if it will be in business in the near future. It’s like renewing your company for another year.

Companies must file an annual return within 30 business days starting from the day after its date of registration (regardless as to whether it was active or not). You may still file after such period, but an additional penalty fee will be applied.

The cost for an annual return of a private company is based on your company turnover and any late payment fees. As part of the process, we will calculate your fee upfront.

Yes. Even if your company was inactive, it is still legally required to file and pay annual returns. You would simply submit a zero-turnover return.

Additional Information on CIPC Annual Returns

1. Submission Fee

A Submission Fee is required for the facilitation of this process between yourself and CIPC. This fee is a fixed once-off fee.

2. CIPC Fees

Once you have supplied us with your Company’s latest information, CIPC will add additional cost. The additional CIPC cost will then be added to this Pro-Forma Invoice (as an Annual Return Admin Fee). The additional CIPC costs will be based on:

  • Years. The number of years for which your Annual Returns are due.
  • Turnover. The Company’s turnover – if it is more than R1 million for the past financial year,
  • CIPC’s fees start to increase.
  • Penalties. CIPC will penalise any late Annual Return filings.
  • Deregistration. If your Entity is already reflecting as “Deregistration Process” CIPC can deregister you at any moment. Annual Returns need to be submitted urgently to prevent final deregistration.