Signing of accounts: directors and auditors
Who is required to sign company accounts?
Subject to certain exemptions, a company that meets the small company criteria in respect of a financial year is exempt from the requirement to have an audit of accounts for that year. The conditions are:
- that the company qualifies as a small company in relation to that year,
- that its turnover in that year is not more than £5.6 million, and
- that its balance sheet total for that year is not more than £2.8 million.
It is important to note that there are many benefits and reasons for a company to have an audit. We will be pleased to discus these with you.
Companies that are not exempt include:
- A public company
- A company that is an authorised insurance company, banking company, an ISD investment firms or a UCITS management company, or a company that carries on insurance market activity.
- Dormant companies, subject to conditions
A company's accounts must be signed on the balance sheet by a director as approved by the board of directors.