Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials November 2016 (CC15d)
What trustees need to do when preparing trustees’ annual reports, accounts and annual returns for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 November 2016.
Applies to England and Wales
This guidance explains the different accounting and reporting requirements for both company and non-company charities, plus all CIOs for financial years beginning on or after 1 November 2016.
For accounting periods ending on or after 1 April 2009 but before 31 March 2015, see Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials (CC15b).
For accounting periods ending on or after 31 March 2015 to 1 November 2016, see Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials March 2015 (CC15c).
To understand what you need to do for your charity, first check:
- whether or not your charity is also a company or charitable incorporated organisation
- its income for the current financial year
- the value of its assets
- whether or not it is required to be registered as a charity
You should then establish:
- what type of accounts must be prepared
- what information is needed in your trustees’ annual report
- whether your accounts need an independent examination or audit
- what information must be sent to the Charity Commission
If you have to send your charity’s annual report and accounts to the commission, you must do so within 10 months of the end of your charity’s financial year.
Last updated 14 July 2021 + show all updates
The guidance has been updated to include the use of electronic signatures on the balance sheet, trustees' annual report and independent examination.