Published: 29 May 2014
Author: Admin

In September 2013, the UK Government confirmed that it will be introducing simplified financial reporting requirements for very small companies.

A micro-entity is defined as an entity satisfying at least two of the following criteria:

  • 10 or fewer employees;
  • Total assets of £316,000 or lower;
  • Turnover of £632,000 or lower.

Previously, micro-entities were subject to the same financial reporting requirements as other small companies with a turnover of as much as £6.5 million. The Government has recognised that this is an unfair burden, and as a result of these changes, micro-entities will be able to prepare reduced financial statements.

The exemptions apply to financial years ending on or after 30 September 2013. Micro-entities will be able to draw up an abridged profit and loss account and balance sheet, with much reduced disclosures. These accounts will be deemed to provide a true and fair view. The estimated 1.6 million micro-entities in the UK will continue to be exempt from the requirement to file a profit and loss account at Companies House.

The exemptions are optional. It will be for the directors of micro-entities to assess the possible effect of reduced disclosures on their company and to decide which form of financial reporting statement – micro, small or full – best meets their company’s needs.

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