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accounts (of limited companies)

annual accounts for circulation to members. Normally the accounts must include: a profit and loss account (or income and expenditure account if the company is not trading for profit); a balance sheet signed by a director; an auditor's report signed by the auditor (if appropriate); a director's report signed by a director or the secretary of the company; notes to the accounts; and group accounts (if appropriate). For financial years beginning on or after 1 April 2005, the directors of a quoted company are also required to prepare an operating and financial review signed by a director or secretary. In this case, the auditor's report must give an opinion on the information in the report. For financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2005, the accounts may be prepared in accordance with international accounting standards. The accounts must be lodged with Companies House.