What’s new in the 2018 Annual Return?

Author's position
Advice Worker
Article date
28 August 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
What is the Annual Return and do we need to complete it?

Registered charities are required to keep their information up to date with the Charity Commission. One way of doing this is by completing an ‘Annual Return’.

See this factsheet for a background on Charity Reporting and Accounting, it includes an introduction to the ‘Annual Return’ and whether your charity is required to complete it each year.

What’s new in the 2018 Annual Return?

The Charity Commission has extended the questions, so you will also need to provide:

  • A breakdown of salaries across income band;
  • How much funding you received from central government or local government through grants or contracts;
  • Whether you received any income from outside of the UK;
  • Whether any charity trustee resigned and took on a paid role at the charity;
When do we need to complete it by?

The deadline for filing your Annual Return is within 10 months from the end of your financial year end (so for charities with a 31 March FYE, you would need to file your Annual Return before 31 January the following year).

Where can I find further information and the link to the online annual return?

See this article from the Charity Commission for further details of the changes to the Annual Return.

Submit your annual return online here

Is there any related training for trustees/ committee members?

Treasurer Training

Trustee Training

If you have any questions on the Annual Return or other governance matters please contact Herjeet Randhawa, Advice Worker on 0118 9372104 or email herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk