Statutory Annual Return: Form 4 countdown to deadline of 28 April 2019

3 Apr 2019

It is a statutory requirement for all Environmental Bodies (EBs) enrolled with ENTRUST to submit a Statutory Annual Return (Form 4) by 28 April 2019.

Please note that this year, 28 April falls on a Sunday and the ENTRUST office will not be open to assist you with your Annual Return on Saturday 27 April or the deadline day of Sunday 28 April. We therefore recommend that you complete your Annual Return in advance of the deadline day, in case you require assistance.

The Statutory Annual Return covers the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. You can submit your Annual Return anytime between now and 28 April 2018. After that date, your EB will be in breach of the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 (Regulations) and be subject to enforcement action.

You are required to complete a Statutory Annual Return even if you have not received or spent any Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) money during the reporting period and/or if your EB plans to revoke from the LCF. This is known as a 'nil return'.

Completing your Annual Return

To help you complete your Annual Return online you can read our Easy Start Guides which are available on the right hand side of this page. 

The form can quickly and easily be completed and submitted through ENTRUST Online (EOL), our online database which will pre-populate many of the fields for you, with the information we already hold.

If you have already registered for EOL and have forgotten your password please go to EOL, enter your email address and click on the forgotten password and follow the instructions to update your password. If you would like to register to access EOL please call us on 01926 488 300 or email

Protecting your EB's reputation

EBs who fail to submit a Statutory Annual Return will be 'frozen' until such time as they complete all outstanding Annual Returns. Any EB failing to submit an Annual Return by 28 April 2019 will be subject to this enforcement action and will be frozen within two weeks of this deadline. Failure to submit an Annual Return for two consecutive years will result in your EB being referred to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for consideration of forcible revocation from the LCF which will have implications for the members of your management committee.

Submitting your Annual Return on time protects the reputation of your EB with funders, both existing and potential. It also demonstrates that your organisation has robust procedures and good governance. Submitting your Annual Return on time will prevent the need for any enforcement action being taken which may affect your applications for future funding.

It is also a statutory obligation to keep us up to date with any changes to your Governing Members, Governing Documents and up to date details for your main contact.

If you would like any help to complete your Annual Return or to make any updates to your Governing Members or Governing Documents please contact our Helpline on 01926 488 300 or by emailing