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6 things to know before you start an online annual return

Published: 25/04/2017
Updated: 25/04/2017


1. The ‘i’ symbol will give you a more detailed explanation of a question.

i button


2. Answers to questions with this symbol will appear on the Scottish charity register.

Symbol showing on register 

3. If you don’t know the answer to a question, or if you want to come back later, please click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the screen.

The online annual return will be saved as ‘Draft’. You can retrieve the saved online annual return and complete the remainder on another day.

Save button OSCR Online


4. Only put whole numbers in boxes where a number is required, you don't have to put in pence or a pound sign.

 Values accepted in OSCR Online


5. The online system will only ask you the questions your charity needs to answer.

After completing Section A, charities with a gross income of £25,000 or more will have to fill in Section B and charities with a gross income of £250,000 or more will have to complete Sections B and C.


6. If you publish your accounts on your own website, please send us the link when asked in the online annual return, as this is the best way of us sharing your accounts with the public.