Audit exemption

Limited company is required to have their company accounts audited by a Registered Auditor unless they are entitled to audit exemption.

Audit exemption threshold

To file non-audited accounts with Companies House, your company must meet the following criteria.

The thresholdCompany accounts begin 1 Jan 2016Company accounts prior 1 Jan 2016
Sales less than£10.2 million£6.5 million
Business assets worth less than£5.1 million£3.26 million
No. of staff less than5050

Your company must engage a Registered Auditor to audit your company accounts. Especially, if your sales and business assets are worth more than the audit exemption threshold.

This aside, however, your bank or major creditors or investors may require your company accounts to be audited under their terms of lending. In this case, your company must appoint an auditor to fulfill the requirement.

Also, take note that your company shareholders whom hold more than ten percent of your issued share capital could request your company accounts to be audited, in this situation your audit exemption entitlement is waived.

Dormant Company

Dormant company is qualify for audit exemption and is eligible to file dormant account with Companies House. However, your dormant company must not be part of a group of companies that required audit by law.

Concurrently, company registered as a public limited company (PLC) must file audited account even if your PLC is dormant. If you would like to submit unaudited dormant account then you must first re-register your company from a PLC to a private limited company.

Businesses do not qualify for audit exemption

Limited company with the following principal business activities are not qualify for audit exemption by defaults. In other words, your company must submit audited company accounts with Companies House.

  • A public limited company.
  • A company is parent or a subsidiary a group, with the group turnover exceed the audit threshold.
  • An authorised insurance company or carrying out insurance market activity.
  • A company involved in banking or issuing e-money.
  • A Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) investment firm or an Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) management company.
  • A corporate body and its shares have been traded on a regulated market in a European state.

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