Preparation & Filing Of Statutory Accounts
Statutory accounts and business accounts are of paramount importance in business management.
They allow a company and it's shareholders oversight of the financial well being of the company.
It also provides an explanation of any profit or loss on that financial year and any growth that is forecast.
Statutory accounts, often called annual accounts by companies, show a breakdown of the companies finances that year.
They show expenditure, profit and loss, and any income.
When preparing statutory accounts you do not need to include every invoice or expenditure, just an overview of the finances of the company, it's overall spending for that financial year.
Statutory, or annual accounts are a very important aspect to the running of your company.
These must be sent to shareholders so they can see how profitable your business is.
These accounts must also be filed with Companies House, failure to do so in the allotted time can lead to a fine.
Statutory accounts follow a generic layout, this is a must as it has to be easy to understand for your shareholders.
Moreover, certain key information must be shared.
Statutory accounts, or the annual accounts of your company, are a legal requirement for all companies registered with companies house.
These accounts are prepared using your companies financial records and are published annually, at the end of your companies financial year.
Copies of your statutory accounts must be sent to the following.
As part of your companies tax return you must send a copy to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
There are deadlines for which your statutory accounts have to be published, these may vary from when you send your tax return to HMRC.
However, sometimes it is possible to do these at the same time.
Statutory accounts must be completed and filed with HMRC within 21 months of your registration of your company with Companies House.
Statutory accounts must then be filed annually, within 9 months of the end of the financial year for your company.
It is important to note that failure to do so, or indeed filing the statutory accounts late could lead to a fine from HMRC, this fine can be up to £1500.
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Statutory accounts must be produced annually.
Your statutory accounts must include:
All companies registered with Companies House are required by law to complete and publish their statutory accounts and share it with HMRC and it's shareholders, as well as any person who is allowed to attend general meetings.
If your company is small, it may not include a directors report if it is classed as a micro-entity, see our frequently asked questions to see if your business qualifies as this.
If your company is not a small business, then you will have to include an auditors report.
To see if your business qualifies as a small business see our frequently asked questions below.
Our expert accountancy teams are on hand to help and advise you in what type of accounts you need to prepare or can even prepare your statutory accounts for you.
We can remove the stress and leave you with peace of mind knowing that your statutory accounts are being prepared by a professional accountant.
This will save you a great deal of time which you can use to focus on the business.
Moreover, our expert accountants will be looking for ways to save you money in taxes as well, as often people do not know what rate of VAT or Corporation Tax they should be paying on certain items and so overpay.
Our clients will often find that they have saved money through hiring our accountants.
We understand that getting your statutory accounts right will save you money in fines from HMRC, but it will also give you a greater understanding of what is going on in your business, where money can be saved, as well as potential areas for growth.
Our accountants will work closely with you so that they can identify these areas.
We understand that it is important to get your statutory accounts as soon as possible after the end of the financial year, so regardless of how you have kept your financial data, whether it is a complete set of books, or bank statements and receipts, our accountants will work with that to produce a complete, HMRC and Companies House compliant, set of statutory accounts for you as quickly as possible.
To hear how our accountancy teams can help you, whilst saving you time and money, get in touch today.
Your statutory accounts are produced annually and show the financial records of your company for that financial year.
These accounts show the expenditure and revenue of your company, any profits and losses.
You must send copies of these to HMRC, Companies House, all Shareholders, any directors and anyone who is welcome at your companies general meetings.
If your company is considered small, which means it has a turnover of less than £6.5 million per annum, you are able to send an abbreviated version of your accounts to Companies House.
Although you will still have to provide the full version for your shareholders and HMRC.
Yes. Accounts can still be filed in paper at Companies House.
However, it is highly recommended that you get them to Companies House before the deadline, because if they are rejected you will not have time to redo them and will incur a late submission fine.
A micro entity is considered to be a very small business. To be eligible to be classed a micro entity you must fill two fo the following criteria.
In the event your company is a micro-entity you are able to:
For you to be eligible to register as a small business you must meet two of the following criteria:
As a small business you do not need to file a full Statutory Account with Companies House. This means you only send a simpler balance sheet, with any notes to Companies House, this is call Abridged Accounts.
There are some benefits to this, for example there will be less information about your company in the public domain.
If your company is considered a small company you can:
The HMRC Deadline for filing Statutory accounts is 21 months after registering your business with Companies House and 9 Months after the end of each financial year for your company.
No. Our services to you are worked out on a fixed fee.
Charges for our services will be made clear to you before you decide to engage us to manage your books.
Why not contact our team now for a free quote from our accountancy team?
No. However, all business in the UK are legally obliged to register for VAT if your turnover is higher than the annual registration threshold.
In some cases, it can also be advisable to register for VAT as this yield other benefits for your business, we are happy to discuss what those may be with you.
If your business has any employees at all you should enrol in the PAYE system.
Even if you are the only employee and act as both director and employee it's important that you have contacted HMRC and registered with the PAYE scheme and continue to make all RTI submissions.
Even if you only outsource your work, and so use sub-contractors, as you pay yourself you must be registered with this scheme.
Bookkeeping put simply is keeping accurate financial records for a business.
The most notable difference between bookkeepers and accountants is that accountants are expected to analyse and interpret the data and provide ways in which you can save money, bookkeeping does not do this.
Accountants and bookkeepers do very different jobs in the businesses they work with.
Bookkeepers keep their client’s general ledgers up to date, which may include daily data compilation, ensuring accuracy in the accounts, ensuring the accounts are easy to understand and accessible by categorising it appropriately, and generating general financial statements.
Whereas accountants analyse the data, look for ways to save money in taxation, and prepare tax returns.
If you choose to hire a bookkeeper in house you will also have to become their employer, and this may not suit you as it will create more work.
As an employer you will have to pay their National Insurance and Taxes to HMRC. You will have to provide holiday and parental cover and produce their payslips.
If you choose to outsource to us then all this extra work will be taken away and placed with us, and our dedicated team will be able to take care of your accounts and work to ensure no errors are made.