How to file annual returns with CIPC in South Africa

To file annual returns with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in South Africa, you can follow these steps:

  1. Gather the necessary information: Collect all the relevant information about your company, including its registration number, registered address, financial statements, and details of its directors and shareholders.
  2. Access the CIPC website: Visit the official website of the CIPC at
  3. Login to your CIPC account: If you already have an account, log in using your username and password. If you don’t have an account, you will need to register for one.
  4. Locate the Annual Returns section: Once logged in, navigate to the Annual Returns section of the website. This is where you will find the relevant forms and information for filing your annual returns.
  5. Complete the Annual Return form: Fill out the required information on the Annual Return form. This typically includes details about your company’s financial year-end, financial statements, and information about directors and shareholders. Make sure to double-check all the information for accuracy.
  6. Pay the filing fee: Pay the prescribed filing fee for the annual return. The fee amount may vary based on your company type and the financial status of your business.
  7. Submit the form and payment: Once you have completed the form and made the payment, submit the annual return electronically through the CIPC website. Ensure that you follow any additional instructions provided during the submission process.
  8. Receive confirmation: After submission, you should receive a confirmation from the CIPC indicating that your annual return has been received and processed. Keep this confirmation for your records.