Filing annual returns for an overseas limited partnership

Updating your overseas limited partnership details each year

The general partners of an overseas limited partnership must file an annual return with the New Zealand Companies Office. Financial information is not required — the purpose is simply to ensure that the overseas limited partnership details are up to date on the register.

When to file your annual return

It's a legal requirement that the general partners file an annual return with us each year but a limited partnership is not required to file an annual return in the calendar year of its registration.

When you first register a limited partnership, your annual return filing month will default to March but you can change your filing month to one that better suits you or your business.

We'll send an email reminder when your return is due for filing

We'll send you a reminder by an email on the first day of your annual return filing month. That email reminder will contain a link directly to the Limited Partnerships Registers website where you can log in and follow the appropriate steps to file your return.

Before you file your online annual return

Your annual return confirms that details held on the register are accurate and up to date.

If there’s been a change that has yet to be recorded on the register, you should do this before you start filing.

Information you'll need to confirm

Your annual return will include the following information:

  • Details of its registered office, address for service and postal address
  • Email address — official email address for communication
  • Details of the general partners

If any of your limited partnership's details on the register need updating, please use the relevant maintenance service to update the register before you file your annual return.

Authority to file your annual return

To file an annual return for your limited partnership, you must have:

  • a RealMe® login
  • an online services account with the Limited Partnerships Registers
  • confirmed your authority to manage information on behalf of your limited partnership.

How to file your annual return

To file your online annual return, select the link in the email we send you. Once you've logged in, follow these steps.

  1. From the 'View Details' screen, navigate to 'Maintain Limited Partnership' and select ‘File Annual Return'.
  2. Confirm if the 'General Details' information is correct.
  3. Confirm if the 'Addresses' information is correct.
    • Details of its registered office, address for service and postal address
    • Email address — official email address for communication
  4. Confirm if the 'General Partners' information is correct.
  5. Complete the signatory details and select ‘Submit’.

Alternatively log in to your online services account, go to your dashboard and select the limited partnership from 'My Businesses' list.

Log in and go to your online dashboard

Payment is required

While there's no registration fee payable, we do collect some levies when you file an annual return:

  • an FMA levy of $21.74 (plus GST), and
  • an XRB levy of $6 (plus GST).

Fees and levies

FMA and XRB levies we collect

What happens if you don't file an annual return

If you don't file your overseas limited partnership's annual return, the Registrar may take this to mean your limited partnership is no longer active and place a note on the register declaring it inactive.

All help topics

Getting started on the register 5 guides

About limited partnerships, the roles and responsibilities of general and limited partners, and how to set up your online services account.

Searching the Limited Partnerships Registers 2 guides

Find out how to search the registers for information about New Zealand and overseas limited partnerships, and their current status.

About limited partnerships 6 guides

Limited partnerships are registered under the Limited Partnerships Act 2008. The registers of limited partnerships and overseas limited partnerships are administered by the NZ Companies Office.

Registering a limited partnership 3 guides

To register a limited partnership you must complete the application process and pay the registration fee.

Keeping limited partnership details up to date 9 guides

Deregistering a limited partnership 4 guides

If a limited partnership is terminated, or you ask for it to be deregistered, you must notify us so it can be removed from the register. The Registrar can also choose to deregister limited partnerships.

Restoring a limited partnership 3 guides

You can apply to the Registrar to have your limited partnership restored to the register. You'll need to provide evidence to support your application.

Forms and fees for limited partnerships (NZ) 3 guides

Forms you'll need to register your limited partnership or keep details up to date, and a schedule of fees payable.