Does my business have to be audited?

9th June 2016


Does my business have to be audited? 

  • The audit regime only applies to limited companies and LLP's. 
  • Unincorporated sole traders and partnerships are exempt whatever their size. 

When do I have to have my company audited? 

For a non-group company, you will need to have an audit when you exceed 2 out of the following 3 tests; 

  • Turnover > £10.2m
  • Gross Assets > £5.1m
  • 50 or more employees  

Haven't the limits for audits changed recently? 

Yes, the turnover and gross assets were £6.5m and £3.26m for accounting periods beginning before 1 January 2016. 

Isn't an audit just an extra expense? 

No, an audit will include reporting on a company's controls and identifying possible areas of weakness in a business that could, if unaddressed, give rise to losses. 

Losses such as misappropriated stock, unauthorised sales at unauthorised prices, inadequate insurance cover. 

Are there any other benefits to an audit? 

Yes, if you are considering selling your business an audit in the years leading up to a sale may give further assurance to potential purchasers, regarding the operation and conduct of the business, making it a more attractive acquisition target.

Matthew Benton | Plus Accounting  

For more information on this matter or to find out about our Audit services, please contact Matthew Benton on 01273 701200 or email

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