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An audit of a company as required by the Companies Act, subject to small company exemptions. The auditors are required to report to the company’s members on all accounts of the company, copies of which are laid before the company in general meeting. Companies with a turnover of not more than £5.6 million and a balance sheet total of not more than £2.8 million may be exempt from the statutory audit. Companies with a turnover of £1 million or less and a balance sheet total of not more than £1.4 million do not need to have any form of accountant’s or auditor’s report. Companies with a turnover of between £1 million and £5.6 million need a reporting accountant’s audit exemption report. The government has increased the audit threshold significantly in recent years to reduce costs for small companies.

Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services — Accounting.


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