In this blog, we’ll look at what is required for your CIC’s annual accounts and give you advice on whether you should prepare your own reports.
What are a CIC’s annual accounts?
Other names for annual accounts include “company accounts,” “statutory accounts,” and “financial statements.”
Your accounts will show the financial activity of your business over a predetermined time period, typically a year. They should include thorough details about a company’s operations, financial position, and transactions at the end of its fiscal year.
Do I need an accountant to submit my CIC’s annual accounts?
No, you are not legally required to engage an accountant; instead, you are free to complete your own accounts, including drafting and submitting your company’s tax return, accounts, and other papers that must be delivered to Companies House following the conclusion of the fiscal year for your business.
Be warned, though, that if you are unfamiliar with the most recent legislation and have never done this before, properly arranging your accounts can be challenging. Making a mistake could have consequences.
What government office do I submit my annual accounts to?
What does it mean to file your accounts?
There are several entities that will need your manual accounts:
- Companies House
- HMRC – This will be part of your tax return.
- Shareholders and guarantors
- Attendees of your annual general meeting
What financial information is required to prepare full accounts?
Each entity might need different documents. You’ll need to have on hand:
- Director’s report – providing insight and a summary of the company’s goals and progress over the year
- Notes explaining the accounts – this makes the information accessible to the general public, including non-accountants and finance-minded customers
- Balance sheet – a complete showing of all the assets of the company
- Profit/loss – a record of the running costs, profits, and losses for the year
We’ve prepared a more complete checklist for you: https://kgaccountantsblog.com/2020/12/21/how-to-file-cic-accounts-on-time/
This blog includes deadlines and more that you need to know about your annual accounts.
Records your CIC needs to keep
Your CIC needs to keep certain records on hand, even if they aren’t submitted to Companies House or another entity. These documents might be needed in case any of these entities need more information or decide to audit your report.
- bank records.
- revenue received by the company.
- money that the company has spent.
- products and services that the company buys and sells.
- details on the company’s assets and liabilities (what it owes).
- cash owing to the business.
- contracts for leases.
- agreements for loans and mortgages.
Benefits of an accountant preparing your CIC statutory accounts
As CIC directors and managers in the UK, engaging a professional accountant to prepare your limited company’s statutory accounts can offer numerous benefits.
By employing their expertise, accountants can help identify and rectify potential errors before submission, ensuring that your financial records are accurate and compliant with current regulations. This proactive approach not only minimises the risk of fines and fees but also reduces the likelihood of time-consuming and costly audits.
By entrusting your statutory accounts to a qualified accountant, you can focus on your organisation’s core mission and have peace of mind that your financial obligations are being managed effectively and diligently.
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