All businesses must file their annual returns with the CIPC once a year, within 30 days of their company’s birthday. The purpose of filing annual returns is to certify whether a company is still in operation or will be in the near future. It’s the equivalent of renewing your company for another year.
Companies are required to file an annual return within 30 business days after their registration date (regardless as to whether it was active or not). You may still file beyond that period, but there will be an extra penalty charge.