What is the annual return used for?

Annual returns are used to determine whether the business is still doing business or will be doing business in the future. If annual returns are not filed, CIPC assumes that the business is dormant and starts the process to remove the business from the register of active businesses.

Also, annual returns may be used to gauge the level of compliance with the Companies Act especially financial reporting.


Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice, but rather the applicability of existing theory to a given practical situation. Due care is taken to ensure that the information is correct, but it remains subjective and an interpretation of application of information.

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