Statutory Accounts


Every UK based company, charity and, indeed, branch of an overseas company needs to produce year end Statutory Accounts for filing at Companies House or the Charity Commission, as well as for their directors, shareholders and other stakeholders, such as bankers and, when required, HM Revenue & Customs.
The ever changing accounting standards and formats and options can lead to confusion and the year end can feel like a huge hurdle for your business. This can lead to management spending more time on backward looking activities rather than driving the business forward. Existing resources also being deployed on activities which don’t add value to the business. Ultimately, this puts a strain on the business’s ability to improve profit margins and increase revenue often resulting in the failure of the business as a whole.

Risks of Getting Your Statutory Accounts Wrong

Get the Statutory Accounts wrong and apart from the risk of fines or penalties, there’s the risk of paying the wrong amount of tax because that leased asset was accounted for incorrectly, or losing some credit rating because that deferred payment or loan balance wasn’t placed in the correct category. The risks of getting it wrong now are significantly higher due to the fundamental changes in 2016 that have occurred in UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (UK GAAP) following the wholesale replacement of Financial Reporting Standards by the Financial Reporting Council and related changes to Companies legislation.

What Form of Accounts? Size really does matter!

Under the new Financial Reporting regime there is a bewildering array of options in relation to the form of Statutory Accounts that you can or must prepare, many of which depend upon the size of your company. The form of Accounts ranges from Micro-Entity Accounts through to full blown Accounts prepared under EU-adopted International Financial Reporting Standards.

The vast majority of companies in the UK will be eligible to prepare their Accounts under the Micro-Entity regime but that may not be the best choice in all cases; how do you decide what is best for you? Small companies will generally prepare their accounts under the Small Companies regime but within that there is a choice of preparing and filing Abridged Accounts or filing so-called “filleted” Accounts thereby reducing the amount of, sometimes sensitive, financial information available on public record. The rules are not easy to follow and if you get it wrong it exposes you to fines and penalties. With the rules for what is “micro” and what is “small” likely to change over the years the risk of getting it wrong increases as do missing opportunities to use the entitlements to reduced disclosures.

How We Can Help

We can take away the pain of getting your year end Statutory Accounts Reporting completed accurately, using the right format for you and on time. Our skilled team are up to date with all the issues and have a wealth of experience to advise you on preparation of Statutory Accounts so the results are fully compliant with the rules applicable to your company, professional and which present your company in the best possible light to the public, to your shareholders and to other stakeholders, such as your bankers