How to submit an annual financial statement with CIPC

Commission (CIPC) in South Africa, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the financial statements: Ensure that your company’s financial statements are accurate and up to date. These statements typically include the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and notes to the financial statements. You may need assistance from an accountant or financial professional to prepare these statements.
  2. Obtain the necessary documentation: Gather the required supporting documents, such as bank statements, invoices, receipts, and any other relevant financial records that support the figures in your financial statements.
  3. Register on the CIPC website: If you haven’t registered your company with the CIPC online portal, you will need to do so. Visit the CIPC website ( and create an account by following the registration process.
  4. Log in to the CIPC online portal: Once you have registered, log in to the CIPC online portal using your credentials.
  5. Access the Annual Financial Statements (AFS) function: Within the portal, locate and access the “Annual Financial Statements (AFS)” function. This section is where you can submit your financial statements.
  6. Complete the AFS form: Fill out the required information on the AFS form. This includes details such as the financial year-end, company registration number, and other relevant information. Attach the prepared financial statements and supporting documents as required.
  7. Review and validate the AFS: Double-check all the information provided and ensure the financial statements are accurate. Once you are confident that everything is in order, validate the AFS to proceed.
  8. Pay the applicable fee: There is a fee associated with submitting the annual financial statements. The fee can vary based on the company’s size and whether it is a profit or non-profit organization. Make the payment using the available payment options within the CIPC portal.
  9. Submit the AFS: After payment, submit the annual financial statements through the CIPC portal. You will receive a confirmation of submission once the process is complete.
  10. Retain proof of submission: It is crucial to keep a record of the submission confirmation or any reference number provided. This serves as proof of submission and may be required for future reference or audits.