Charity Annual Return Deadlines

DeadlineIt is coming up to the deadline for submitting your annual return if your financial year end was 31 March 2020. 

Your deadline is 31 January 2021

You can submit your annual return online here

You must submit your annual return within 10 months of the end of your financial year, but in these difficult and challenging times, when many people are on furlough, and many activities are closed, you may not feel able to do your return just now.

Charities that are due to submit an annual return imminently, but feel unable to do so, can email to ask for a filing extension.

Please include your charity name and charity registration number when you send your email:  filingextension@charitycommission.gov.uk

Annual Return Deadline Coming Up!

cartoon-alarm-clock-ringingWhen to submit your annual return

You must submit your annual return within 10 months of the end of your financial year

For example, if your financial year end was 31 March 2019, your deadline is 31 January 2020

INcome under £10,000

You only need to report your income and spending

Income between £10,000 and £25,000

You must answer questions about your charity in an annual return.

You do not need to include any other documents

Income over £25,000

You must answer questions about your charity in an annual return.

You will need to get your accounts checked and provide PDF copies of your:

  • trustee annual report
  • accounts
  • independent examiner’s report

You also need a full audit if you have:

  • income over £1 million
  • gross assets over £3.26 million and income over £250,000

Prepare your annual report and accounts first. You can then upload them when you complete your annual return.