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Once your company is in de-registration process at CIPC, the bank won’t help you with any facilities, your tenders won’t be accepted and life ain’t gonna be fun!

How did that happen? Quite simply, you didn’t submit your annual returns to CIPC, either because you didn’t respond to our email reminding you that the return was due, or, we are not your service provider.

CIPC usually mark a company “In de-registration process” if two or more returns are outstanding. It’s easy to fix, just get your service provider to submit the returns and pay the fees and penalties.

If you don’t, then there’s big trouble. Every now and then, CIPC hits the button, and all such companies are finally de-registered.

Under certain circumstances, they can be resuscitated, but more often than not they are gone forever.

105 comments

  1. Hi Derek,

    I registered a company on cipc never operated it and never registered it fully with sars as a result. May you shed some light on if this would have any penalty implications on me directly . It has been dormant since inception. I’ve also closed down the bank account.

    Regards,

    1. Hi Codey,
      When you register a company at CIPC it is automatically registered as a taxpayer at SARS.
      SARS had been hitting dormant companies (not all of them, strangely) with R250 each month for each overdue Income Tax return.
      You are also required to submit an annual return to CIPC. If you don’t, then CIPC will eventually deregister the company. Thereafter, you can apply to SARS to deregister it for tax, but only if the tax affairs are up to date.
      It is the company that is liable for any taxes and CIPC fees, not you personally.
      Finally, you personally as the director, are required to submit a once only Beneficial Ownership return for the company to CIPC.

      1. Hi Derek,
        I have a few questions regarding a company that is listed as AR Final degregistration – where can I post these as to get some advice? Thanks

  2. Nqobile Mpunzana

    Hi there

    I got a sms from SARS saying I’m owing money for a company registered in 2012 that has never been operational.

    When I checked on CIPC it says: AR Final deregistration

    Please can you advise me.

    Regards

    1. Hi Nqobile,
      Step 1 is to obtain proof of Final de-registration at CIPC.
      Step 2 is to send it to SARS and at the same time apply for reversal of the administrative penalties.
      We can do it, but cannot guarantee that the request to SARS will be granted.
      Send me an email if you would like a quotation.

  3. Ashraf Stevens

    Good day
    How can I reregister company
    Was dormant for 11 years.
    File my Tax return on compaias required by. SARS.
    I want to operate the company again.
    Can’t open bank account due to deregister

    1. Hi Ashraf,
      Be careful. SARS may have hit the company with R250 each month for each outstanding tax return (even though it would have been a Nil).
      If that’s the case you certainly do not want to trade that company again.
      If, however, SARS haven’t woken up yet (and they seem very random when selecting companies to penalise), then you can only restore the company at CIPC if it owns fixed property or if you can prove that it was trading at the time of de-registration. However, it’s an expensive and lengthy exercise. If you want to go ahead, we can quote for some of the job, but only establish the total cost once we see what returns (CIPC and SARS) are outstanding.

  4. thilivhali muthuthuli

    how do i prove that my company has been deregistered. K2017386035

    1. Hi Thilivhali,
      You can get an official disclosure certificate from CIPC. We can get it for you for R1 060. If you would like us to do so, then please call Mini on 011 805 0030

  5. Charmaine Moyo

    Hi, how do I re-instate a deregisterd company due to AR not being submitted?

    1. Hi Charmaine,
      It can only be done if:
      1) It owns fixed property (cost roughly R20 000) or
      2) You can prove that it was trading at the time it was de-registered (cost roughly R10 000).
      If either of these applies, then we can get the company re-instated.
      It takes a long time (often over 6 months).
      The actual fee depends upon outstanding CIPC and Tax returns and also whether SARS has hit the company with Administrative Penalties.

    2. Hi Charmaine,
      If it is only in de-registration process, it is easy.
      If it is finally de-registered it can only be restored if:
      1) It owns fixed property (cost about R20 000) or
      2) You can prove that it was trading at the time of de-registration (cost about R10 000).
      The actial cost depends on what returns are outstanding at SARS and CIPC and whether SARS has hit the company with Administrative Penalties.

  6. Very good morning to you Sir. My company is not operating since 2014 and I found myself in trouble Sars says I owe R40,500 and I told them it’s not working, they said I need to deregist my company. So please send me a form om my email to deregist Sabelwesihle trading and
    projects pty Ltd.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Senamile,
      You are in luck. Your company is already de-registered at CIPC for non-submission of annual returns. I have sent you proof via email. You need to show the proof to SARS and ask them to cancel all the administrative penalties and de-register the company as a taxpayer. We can help if you get stuck, but we do charge for that.

  7. Sir,

    I registered a company in 2020 but it never traded until January 2024 when it got a three year contract with the Department of Transport, Eastern Cape. I have just learnt that the company has just been deregistered early this year for non compliance. I have a Letter of Appointment for the company by the Department of Transport but I am afraid that the status of registration of my company can have a negative impact on the signing of a contract while the company is deregistered.

    The company’s tax status at SARS and CSD show that the company is tax compliant. I understand that a deregistered company can only be resuscitated if it has an immovable property or it was active at the time of deregistration. The company’s Appointment letter is dated 17 January 2024 but it was deregistered after it had been employed though the contract was not signed.

    I am afraid that the final deregistration of my company will result to the company losing the contract it has just secured. Can you advise on what I can do to save the company’s demise?

    1. Hi Lwandiso,

      That’s a tricky one. It is not quite clear whether the Letter of Appointment was dated before or after the company was de-registered.
      Unfortunately, if the company was de-registered before, then you have no proof that it was trading, except by argument that it must have been in negotiation with the Department in order for the appointment to have been made.
      I think that the sooner you put in an application for re-instatement the better. Then, depending upon the outcome, you can plan a way forward. We can submit if you are not comfortable doing it yourself.

  8. Hi, My companies have de-registered with CIPC and have received certificates from CIPC. I went to SARS and was advised to activate tax number. I don’t understand why should I activate tax number because they are de-registered and never operated and never opened bank account.

    1. Hi Charlie,
      The reason is that all companies, whether active or dormant, must submit provisional and Annual tax returns. you didn’t do that, so SARS requires you to be compliant before they will act.

  9. Good day
    My company has been ar deregistered however it was dominant for almost all the time Traded a little i am now worried about Sars Have not received a letter however know of people who have
    How do I proceed ?
    Must I submit an affidavit .
    Thank you again

    1. Hi Louise,
      If your company has been finally deregistered at CIPC, you can send proof of this to SARS and request that it be de-registered as a taxpayer.
      All outstanding returns must have been submitted and there must be no amounts outstanding. If the company has been hit with administrative penalties, you will need to apply to have them reversed.

  10. Hi Derrick
    I registered a company in 2020.
    The company never traded due to the COVID pandemic. I also never opened a bank account. I naively assumed that non filing of the Annual Returns would result in an automatic deregistration and that would be that.
    But last year I was sent a notice by SARS to file my income and provisional taxes or face penalties.
    Having read on a business info website that i could voluntary de-register my company by submitting a tax compliance certificate from SARS amongst others, i filed all my outstanding tax returns from 2020 to date. Now because I had not opened a bank account for the business, I put my personal bank account on the SARS registered details for the business. My worry is whether, if any penalties are imposed, that they would now be deducted from that account. Can i remove my bank information without having to provide new bank details? I am really not interested in opening a new account for a business I intend to deregister.

    1. Hi Olivia,
      I suggest that you phone SARS and explain all that. It is possible that the company does not owe anything, but there’s also a possibility that they imposed Administrative Penalties for non-submission. I’m not sure whether they could grab those penalties from your bank account, but there is a risk, so the matter needs to be settled.

  11. Good day

    I have a company that has been deregistered but there is a fixed property. Now i need to sell the company with the property and now it is a problem.

    What do i need to

    1. Hi Estelle,
      I apologise for the delay. I seem not to be receiving notificaions of comments for some reason.
      Because it owns fixed property, the company can be restored, but it is a long process and fairly expensive. I have sent you a quotation by email.

  12. Hi need help company status show ar final deregistration can I save it please assist

  13. Laurika Van Der Westhuizen

    Good day.
    I registered a business in 20006 but it never became operationable it was only a company registered in name we were 2 partners nothing like vat or anything like professional tax was ever registered we totally forgot about it and resently in 2024 only remembered about it.I ln the mean time I registered for provisional tax under my own name and even received some refunds from sars.Do you think that if there was any penalties under the business that refunds would have been paid bqck if I owed penalties under my own name.It turns out Cips deregistrered the company in 2011 and like I sad nothing was registered from oir side like vat and so on.No nill tax returns was submitted from 2006 to 2011 when it was deregistered.We also didnt deregister anything from our side to sars.Do you think there will still be outstanding tax returns as of from 2012 going forward or not.The company didnt have any assets,bank accounts or properties.

    1. Hi Luarika,
      I apologise for the delay. I seem not to be receiving notificaions of comments for some reason.
      Even dormant companies are required to submit tax returns and SARS is hitting lots of them with a R250 penalty each month for each outstanding return.
      You cannot de-register the company as a taxpayer if there are returns and/or payments outstanding, which is the case with your company.
      Having said that the penalty debt (if there is one) is owed to SARS by the company, not by you. Your affairs are isolated from those of the company. There are exceptions to this, but they don’t apply in your case. You can safely ignore the company and SARS.

  14. Good day Derek my company has been deregistered,it has been registered in 2015, without any operation, I’d to reactivate it,how can I do it?

    1. Hi Desmond,

      You can’t. A de-registered company can only be restored if it owns fixeed property or can be proved to have been trading at the time of de-registration.

    1. Hi Mamikie,
      Sorry about the delay. For some reason I did not receive notifications of comments.
      Please email me your company name and registration number and I will see what has to be done.

      1. Creston Campher

        Hi i have the same challenge i want to find out if i can save a NPC register under my name

        1. Hi Creston
          I apologise for the delay. I seem not to be receiving notificaions of comments for some reason.
          If the company is in Final de-registration it can only be restored if you can prove that it was trading at the time of de-registration or if it ownes fixed property.
          If it is in “deregistration process” it can be restored. Please call my office 011 805 0030 or email mini@harbourassociates.co.za for assistance.

  15. Hie Derek. I have a company which is in de-registration phase.
    I registered a company and opened a bank account but then COVID hit and the company hasn’t operated since then. however i have been using the bank account for personal errands.

    What happens when the company is de-registered? Will the bank account close and if so what happens to my personal funds in the account?

    1. Hi Lincoln,
      I suggest that to keep things simple, you open a personal bank account and don’t use the company’s. SARS is hitting dormant companies with R250 each month for every annual tax return outstanding. Yours may not yet have been hit, but the last thing you want is for SARS to grab your money from the account to pay the penalties.

  16. Archie Lesego

    Good day

    If a company has been deregistered by CIPC, is it still necessary to submit returns to SARS?

  17. Hi
    My company is on deregistration process and need to rectify, please help.
    MA Teleko Trading and Projects
    2019/120621/07

    1. Hi Alfred,
      Please call Mini 011 805 0030 and she will send you a quote. There are 4 years’ returns overdue at CIPC. If we submit, then the company will be out of de-registration process.

  18. Hi I have two companies in ar deregistration . Does this mean they are deregistered ? One was dormant for 15 years. The other has been trading a little but no assets . I don’t need them anymore. Can sars come after my third cc to claim assets ? Can I submit tax return on paper at the sars offices ? Thank you

    1. Hi Will,
      AR deregistration means that they have been finally de-registered.
      SARS cannot attack your third CC for the taxes of the other two.
      I believe you can submit taxes manually at the SARS offices, but have no direct knowledge of that as we always work electronically.

  19. Hi Derek,
    What do I need to do to deregister my company K2019560355, which was not operational since inception and I did not open a bank account? And what are my SARS obligations? Thanks

    1. Hi Pam,
      Your best bet is to let CIPC de-register it and ignore any penalties imposed by SARS, because the company will never have any funds to pay those penalties.
      In my experience, none of the above will prejudice you or any future company that your register.

      1. I also did not submit the AR during this dormant phase. Do i ignore that as well? Will they deregister if outstanding?

        1. Hi Pam,
          If by AR you mean the CIPC Annual Returns,that’s exactly why they will de-register.
          If you mean the Income Tax AR, CIPC will deregister regardless of that.

  20. Hi

    My company, Blue Page Document imaging (K2015310853) is in AR final deregistration process. The company was registered but nothing else was done, no bank account opened and it was never operational.

    However I believe I have outstanding admin penalties and I have received an SMS from SARS stating that all outstanding returns should be filed within 10 days or there will be criminal proceedings. Can you help?

    1. Hi Stephan,
      Your best bet is to ignore any penalties imposed by SARS, because the company will never have any funds to pay those penalties.
      In my experience, none of the above will prejudice you or any future company that your register.

  21. Hi, my company is in deregistration process, what should i do to prevent that. The company registered in 2015 but still running. please help what should i do. 2015/ 392144/07

  22. Hi,

    I would like to register a company, the company name i want has already been taken but it is in AR Final deregistration, would i be able to register it.

  23. Hi there, my company Pristine Amalgamations is currently in a de-registration status. The company has basically been doormat. There are no assets and it has never traded since registration. We do want it to be de-registered however we are unable to pay the penalties, if any. What would you advise ? are there services you provide to speed up this process.

    Kindly let me know to the above.

    1. Hi Tamlyn,
      My apologies for the late response. I have been hospitalised.
      Your best bet is to do nothing, either with SARS or CIPC. Eventually the company will be de-registered and if SARS imposes Administrative Penalties they can’t collect them from a company that has no money.

  24. What if you haven’t been operational and your turnover is zero?
    We have a bank account but a business account expense was for web hosting services. Should we let CIPC deregister it? Would this disqualify us from registering a new company or being directors of other companies?

    2020/758901/07
    Lubelo Creative Solutions

    1. Hi Zo,
      My apologies for the late response. I have been hospitalised.
      Yes, let CIPC de-register it and ignore any penalties imposed by SARS, because the company will never have any funds to pay those penalties.
      No, none of the above will prejudice you or any future company that your register.

  25. KABELO BENNETT LECHELELE

    Hi, my company is in deregistration process, what should i do to prevent that. The company registered in 2018 but is not running. please help what should i do.
    2018/ 595515/07

  26. Hi. Please can you please help fast track the deregistration. Its on AR deregisteration. K2019271769 Sirmanz pty Ltd

    1. Hi Sithembiso,
      The only way to fast track de-registration is to apply to CIPC for de-registration. We charge R4 500 for this if the company has never traded, or R10 500 if it has traded. So, I think the best bet is to be patient and wait for CIPC to de-register it.

  27. Hi, I would like our company to be deregistered. It has a bank account but no assets. Should I just not file returns so it can be deregistered? We are 4 directors who are out of touch, the paperwork to do it via CIPC is just a nightmare.

  28. Good Day Derek

    My company is currently on a deregistering process due to failure to submit AR for 2 years (R300).
    The company has never been operational from day of registration. please Help.
    Company Name: Nomendile General Tradin PTY
    Reg No.: 2021/ 483832/07
    Email Address: xolisavuso598@gmail.com

    1. Hi Xolisa,
      I will send you a quotation by email. However, there’s also the question of tax returns.
      The company was registered in March 2021, which means that the following Nil returns should have been submitted –
      1st Provisional 2022, 2023 and 2024
      2nd Provisional 2022 and 2023
      Annual 2022
      I will also quote for those on the assumption that they have not been done.
      SARS is imposing a penalty of R200 each month for each outstanding return, but only hitting some companies, not all at this stage. I get about 300 emails from SARS for companies that have been hit.
      We will only know about yours if and when we load your company onto our e-filing.

      1. Dhambay sakubani

        May you please help m my company is in de registration i want to pay up anual returns . K201807508. U can cal m or email please asap thanx

  29. My company is now on AR Deregistration status please help
    Enterprise number:2013/190230/07
    SJEZA 2 TRADING AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD

    1. Hi Nathi,
      You company has been finally deregistered. This can only be reversed if you can prove (usually by means of bank statements) that it was continuosly trading at the time of deregistration.
      Let me know if that is the case and we can then quote for reinstatement.
      I have sent you an email on the subject.

      1. Hi my company is in de registration process and has not been inactive for the past year up until how can I get it to be not de-registered

        1. Hi Francis,
          If you call Mini at our office 011 805 0030 and give her your company registration number, she will be able to see how many returns are outstanding and can then send you a quote to sort this out.
          Your company should also have been submitting Nil provisional and annual tax returns. If it hasn’t, it may, like hundreds of other dormant companies on our books, have been hit with Administrative Penalties. Tumi at our office can help you there.

    1. Hi Sophia,
      Unfortunately, your company has been finally de-registered by CIPC. It can only be restored if it owns fixed property or you can prove by means of bank statements that it was trading at the time of re-registration.

  30. Mmalesego Moatshe

    My company is in deregulation process and i want tobpay my return. I want to know which no i can use as reference and also want bank accounts

      1. Hi Mmalesego
        We would gladly have helped, but I see that you have already rectified the situation.
        I suggest you check e-filing to get the tax affairs up to date and to see whether the company has been hit with administrative penalties by SARS.

      2. Hi Mmalesego,
        We would gladly have helped, but I see that you have already rectified the situation.
        I suggest you check e-filing to get the tax affairs up to date and to see whether the company has been hit with administrative penalties by SARS.

  31. Hi
    My company is now on AR Deregistration status please help
    Enterprise number 2014/045776/07
    Company name: Sephorahspa Safety Consultant
    Contact 0723892343

    1. Hi Sephorah,
      We would gladly have helped, but I see that you have already rectified the situation.
      I suggest you check e-filing to get the tax affairs up to date and to see whether the company has been hit with administrative penalties by SARS.

  32. Johannes Visser

    Good Morning, I found out that my Company is in AR Deregistration via one of my Clients. I still do business on JRV Technology 2017/654382/07. How can I activate it again and the cost please. Johan Visser

    1. Hi Johannes,
      Yes, it has been finally de-registered. It can only be restored if you can prove that it was trading at the time of de-registration. Our fee (excluding the outstanding CIPC fees and penalties) is R6 000.
      I have emailed you a quotation.
      I have loaded the company onto our CRM so that emails will be sent to you whenever a return is falling due, so you won’t get caught out again.

  33. Good evening sir/madam. My name is Josiah . I like to kno8 how is my company needs to pay for annual fee. The company name is goldee trading 208 cc . Reg 2005/0317113/23. From Josiah khoza.

    1. Hi Josiah,
      Unfortunately your CC has been finally deregistered by CIPC for failure to submit annual returns and pay their fees.
      The CC can only be rescued if you can prove that it was trading at the time that it was de-registered. We have to prove that by submitting bank statements, but until we start, we don’t know when the deregistration happened.
      Our fee of R6 500 does not include the submission of the missing returns or the fees that were unpaid.
      You can contact me on derek@harbourassociates.co.za if you want to go ahead.

  34. Hy can you please share the banking details and please last time I check my company was on process of de registration Ongie Dee Trading pty ltd

    1. Hi Ongezwa,
      Your company has 4 annual CIPC returns outstanding. Our fee including the CIPC fees and penalties is R1 570. Our bank is Standard Bank a/c 420 341 927. Please reference the payment ONGIE

    2. There are 4 annual returns outstanding at CIPC
      Our fee of R1 570 includes the CIPC fees and penalties
      Bank is Standard Bank a/c 420 341 927
      Please reference the payment ONGIE

  35. Eunice Mahatlane

    my company name is ximamailani trading enterprise(2014/032455/07) is in dereregistration please help me

  36. Clinton Barrass

    Good day.

    My company name is JCB Engineering (PTY) Ltd (Registration number: K2019067505) and is listed under Enterprise Status with CIPC as: AR Deregistration Process.
    This is obviously due to not having filed annual returns.
    I also ceased trading in this business for an extended time and thus Nedbank closed the bank account in 2019.
    Can you assist with reversing this status so that I can become compliant and resume trading.
    I assume Nedbank will then open another account no and we will be good to go.
    Please advise.
    Regards
    Clinton Barrass

  37. How does one make payments for the “de register process” of the company on CIPC?

  38. Clive Ishmael Molokoane

    Hi.

    Please give me a quote for a company in ‘final deregistration. From 20/19/08
    R650 outstanding.

    1. Hi Clive,
      The company can only be pulled out of final de-registration if either –
      * You can prove that it was actually trading when it was finally de-registered (R6 500) or
      * It owns fixed property (R8 800)

      It is usually best just to start a new company for R475

    1. Hi Franshwa,
      It’s not a train smash. You’ve just missed a few CIPC annual returns. Submitting them solves the problem as long as you don’t delay.
      If your turnover is less than R1m, the CIPC fee with penalty is R150 for each return. Our fee is R970 to do the catch up.
      If you email me the name of the company, I can see how many returns are outstanding and send you a quote. At the same time, please confirm your turnover.

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