375. Duty To Keep Accounting Records

(1) Every company must keep adequate accounting records.
(2) Adequate accounting records means records that are sufficient–
(a) to show and explain the company’s transactions,
(b) to disclose with reasonable accuracy, at any time, the financial position of the company at that time, and
(c) to enable the directors to ensure that any accounts required to be prepared comply with the requirements of these Regulations.
(3) Accounting records must, in particular, contain records and underlying documents comprising initial and other accounting entries and associated supporting documents such as:–
(a) cheques;
(b) records of electronic fund transfers;
(c) invoices;
(d) contracts;
(e) the general and subsidiary ledgers, journal entries and other adjustments to the financial statements that are not reflected in journal entries;
(f) work sheets and spread sheets supporting cost allocations, computations, reconciliations and disclosures; and
(g) a record of the assets and liabilities of the company.
(4) If the company’s business involves dealing in goods, the accounting records must contain–
(a) statements of stock held by the company at the end of each financial year of the company,
(b) all statements of stocktakings from which any statement of stock as is mentioned in subsection (4)(a) has been or is to be prepared, and
(c) except in the case of goods sold by way of ordinary retail trade, statements of all goods sold and purchased, showing the goods and the buyers and sellers in sufficient detail to enable all these to be identified.
(5) A parent company that has a subsidiary undertaking in relation to which the above requirements do not apply must take reasonable steps to secure that the undertaking keeps such accounting records as to enable the directors of the parent company to ensure that any accounts required to be prepared under this Part comply with the requirements of these Regulations.