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How to use OSCR Online to submit an online annual return

Published: 10/05/2022
Updated: 23/02/2023

We have recently updated some of the questions in the online annual return. The guidance below applies to charities with a financial year end date on or before 29 November 2023. If your financial year end date is 30 November 2023 or later, please click here.

In addition to this guidance, OSCR held a webinar in September 2022 that discusses the basics of using OSCR Online to submit an online annual return.

You can view a recording of this webinar on our YouTube channel here.


Every year, every charity registered in Scotland must send us their:

  1. Annual accounts
  2. Trustees’ Annual Report
  3. External scrutiny report, and
  4. Online annual return.

Charities must submit this information to us within 9 months of their accounting ‘year end’.

Every charity in Scotland should use our online service, OSCR Online. 

More information on our online services can be found on our FAQs page.

This guidance explains how to use OSCR Online to submit an online annual return. Please click on the links above for guidance on the other documentation.