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All Limited Companies must prepare Year End Accounts for their shareholders and a copy must be filed with Companies House. Dependent on the size of the Company (as defined by the Companies Act 2006)** either full or abbreviated Year End Accounts are filed online with Companies House.  The accounts are also used as the basis for the calculation of Corporation Tax and a copy is also filed online with HMRC. We prepare full and abbreviated Year End Accounts for small and growing businesses and file these online with the relevant regulatory bodies on behalf of our clients.

Companies House

All incorporated businesses must file annual financial statements with the Registrar of Companies. Private companies have 9 months (6 months for public companies) from the accounting reference date to deliver their accounts to the Registrar of Companies, unless it is the first set of accounts. Late filing of accounts with Companies House carries an automatic penalty which increases with the length of time they are overdue.  Penalties are doubled if accounts are filed late in consecutive years.

If you are filing your company’s first accounts and those accounts cover a period of more than 12 months, you must deliver them to Companies House:-

within 21 months of the date of incorporation for private companies, or
within 18 months of the date of incorporation for public companies, or
3 months from the accounting reference date, whichever is longer.

Does my Company need to be audited?

Audit thresholds for small companies have been aligned with accounting thresholds for small companies. Small companies will therefore be entitled to an exemption from mandatory audit if they meet two out of the three mandatory criteria:-

No more than 50 employees;
No more than gross assets of £3.26 million;
Less than £6.5 million in turnover.

Business owners can still elect to have an audit of their Year End Accounts if they wish, although this can result in higher accountancy fees due to the increased checking and verification work required to produce an audited set of financial statements.  Small companies must include an audit exemption statement on the balance sheet if they are using the audit exemption.

**For larger businesses subject to Audit, this is facilitated through our associates.

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