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Company Annual Returns With CAC: How To File and To Avoid Being Delisted And 2 Other Consequences

Instead of paying a fine of N5,000 for each year you missed for failing to file annual returns for your business, wouldn’t you rather begin to do the needful before it turns to thousands of naira?

So, filing a company’s annual returns with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is very important if you don’t want your company to be delisted.

What Do Annual Returns mean?

An annual return is not the profit your company made in a year, it is not a financial document, rather a yearly statement by an active registered business name or company which is meant to keep CAC updated about the company’s activities, composition, and its financial position.

Chapter 16 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA 2020), covers everything pertaining to filing returns.

Section 418 of CAMA 2020 states:

The annual return by a company having shares other than a small company shall contain with respect to the registered office of the company, registers of members and debenture holders, shares and debentures, indebtedness, past and present members, directors and secretary, the matters specified in Part I of the Seventh Schedule to this Act, and the return shall be in the form set out in Part II of that Schedule or as near to it as circumstances admit.

Simply put, it is an application to show the regulatory commission that the company is still actively in business.

Failure to perform this over a period of years may lead to delisting of your company. To know if the record of a company is up to date on the database:

  • Head straight to the CAC home page,

  • Click “Public Search”,

  • Use the RC Number of the company or the BN number of the business and click search

  • If the company is inactive, it will show it

For those who want to take their business to the next level by registering or those with multiple CAC query rejection reasons, we have a guide to help you resolve the issue in under an hour, you can find it at: 

There are some misconceptions about an annual return in Nigeria. Some companies, most especially sole proprietorship, believe that they might be heavily taxed if they continue to file annual returns with the CAC. This is not true

How much would I pay for failing to pay returns for 14 years?

Limited Liability Company

Business Name

Annual Return

N5, 000


Late payment




N10,000 per year

N8,000 per year

Here is a scenario…

Mr Goodness (not real name) registered Granula Enterprise (Business Name) in February 2006, but since then he had never filed an annual return and in 2021 he’s ready to do the needful.

In this situation, Mr Goodness will have to file returns from August 2007 till 2021, that’s 14 years.

14 X N8,000=N112,000

The above excludes the service charge of an accredited agent.

When to file annual returns:

Limited Liability Company (LLC) and Business Name, and every registered business in Nigeria are expected to file their annual returns with the Corporate Affairs Commission not later than 30th June every year.

The only exception to this is when the calendar year in which the business name is registered does not end by December.

When Should a New Business Start To File Annual Returns In Nigeria?

Usually, a newly incorporated company is given the grace of the first 18months while Business Name is given 12 months before filing a return.

What this means is that a company that was incorporated in January 2020 will have to start filing beginning from July 2021.

Although, the older companies are expected to file their return not more than 42 days after its Annual General Meeting.

Consequences of Failing To file annual returns

Three things will happen if you fail to file annual returns at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC):

1) Your company may be delisted if you failed to do so for several years.

2) You will pay a fine if you want to reactivate your company name which may be more than the actual return

3) You will find it difficult to apply for a government contract or government credit facility. Now that you know the importance of filing annual returns of your company, see below what you need to get it done

Key Requirements for Filing of Company Annual Returns

  • A photocopy of your Business Certificate

  • A copy of the Company’s CAC Form 7.

  • A photocopy of the Memorandum of Association

Before the commission went digital, applicants would have to download CAC Form 10 or obtain it at any of their branch offices, but the online issue resolution has invalidated this method, a such you don’t need to go for an assessment at CAC office any longer.


Sample of acknowledgment slip of annual returns

Take away

1) Filing of annual returns doesn’t only save you the yearly penalties by CAC, it also shows that you are law-abiding

2) It will also give you an edge when accessing government loan

3) Annual returns is completely different from tax payment.

If you’re trying to file the annual return, you are likely to encounter the following issues:

What to do if payment of filing fee doesn’t reflect on your portal

In a situation whereby your payment of filing return doesn’t show on your dashboard even when you’ve been debited by your bank, you can resolve the issue by:

  • Logging into your portal

  • Click the “Check Payment Status” button against the application.

If it isn’t showing, then contact remita or your bank to resolve the issue. You can contact remita by sending a complaint to support@remita.net

You can use the official Facebook page of your bank to send your complaints or use the complaint WhatsApp if your bank is on the messaging app.

What to do if payment of stamp duties doesn’t reflect on portal

If you’ve been debited by your bank, yet the payment isn’t reflecting on portal, take the following actions:

  • Log in and click the “Check Status/Pay Stamp Duty” button

If nothing is showing on your dashboard, send a complaint e-mail to support@stampduty.gov.ng

  • You must indicate the Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR)

  • After the resolution, log in back to the portal

  • Click “My Registration” button

  • Click the “Check Status/Pay Stamp Duty” button

It issue should be resolved.

Can a company be exempted from filing annual returns to CAC?

You could get an import duty waiver, but you CAN’T be exempted from filing annual returns to the CAC.

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