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Guernsey company audit, financial statements, accounting, consulting in Guernsey

The jurisdiction of Guernsey lies off the northwest coast of France and about 130 km from the south coast of England. It consists of the islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Sark, Herm, Jetu and other small islets. The area of Guernsey is 63 square kilometers. The capital, St. Peter’s Port, is the main financial and business center. The population is about 63,000 people. The currency used within Guernsey is the Pound Guernsey (GGP), at a rate equal to the Pound Sterling (GBP), which in turn is also legal and used within the States of Guernsey.

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Preparation and submission of accounts

(according to the actual time spent)

USD 100-400 per hour
Preparation and submission of accounts, audit

(according to the actual time spent)

USD 100-400 per hour

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General requirements

Companies incorporated in Guernsey must comply with requirements of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. The law does not require companies to file financial statements with the Registrar (Guernsey Registry). However, companies must file online an Annual Validation from 1 January to the last day of February.

The Law also requires that within 14 or 30 days after acceptance companies file the following with the Registrar:

  • any changes in the company’s details (14 days);
  • resolution of exemption from audit;
  • resolution of exemption from holding an annual meeting of shareholders;
  • resolutions of changes in the share capital, etc.

Audit of accounts

Audit of accounts is compulsory for large companies.

A company is large if in the current and previous year it meets 2 of the 3 below criteria:

  • proceeds are 6,500,000 GBP or more;
  • assets (balance) are 3,260,000 GBP or more;
  • number of employees is 50 or more.

If the company is not expected to exceed the said limits and holders of 10% or more of the company’s shares do not express desire to audit the company, a resolution of exemption from audit must be adopted and filed with the Registrar by the end of the financial year; it also applies to the first financial year. A resolution of exemption from audit can be filed online.

Compulsory audit requirement for companies regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, unless they are large, is determined by the regulator.

Tax accounts and financial statements

All companies incorporated in Guernsey must file tax accounts. Accounts shall be filed online. Normally, the deadline for filing is 1 year and 2 months after the end of the calendar year. For example, the profit tax return for the year 2021 must be filed before or on 28 February 2023.

Tax accounts must be accompanied by financial statements.

If a company has previously applied for audit exemption, financial statements must be accompanied by a report of an independent certified accountant who is currently a member of ICAEW, or ICAS, or ICAI, or ACCA, or has an analogous level of proficiency confirmed by director. If a company has a local agent (service provider), the company’s tax accounts can be filed by that agent.

Consolidated financial statements

Preparation of a consolidated report is not required.

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