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The deadline to submit your trust's financial statements and auditing documents is the 31 December. Find out about this year's Academies Accounts Direction.

What you're required to do and by when

You're required to:

  • Prepare accounts for the financial year ending 31 August - this consists of your annual report and financial statements  
  • Have these accounts audited each year by independent registered auditors 
  • Produce a statement of regularity, propriety and compliance
  • Get a regularity assurance report on this statement from the auditors
  • Submit your audited accounts and auditors' regularity assurance report to the ESFA by the deadline 31 December
  • Publish your audited accounts on your trust’s website by 31 January
  • File your accounts with Companies House by 31 May

This requirement is set out paragraph 4.4 of the Academy Trust Handbook

Use the ESFA guidance and model accounts to help you through the process

Use the Academies Accounts Direction document as a reference pack when preparing your accounts and refer to the model accounts on the same webpage. 

As part of your financial statements you're also required to

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