New Charities Sorp – Statement of recommended practice

New Charities Sorp – Statement of recommended practice

For some years with minor variations, Charity accounting has been governed by the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for Charities, March 2005.


Since that time of course we have had the new Charities Act 2011 and change has been expected.


The commercial business world is now preparing for FRS102 Financial Reporting Standard which comes into force in 2015. It applies to large and medium sized organisations with what is termed the Financial Reporting Standard for Small Entities (FRSSE) still applying to small companies. Most charities prepare their accounts under the FRSSE.


From 1st January 2015 we will have a new Charity SORP, or actually two new SORPS. There will be one SORP for charities preparing their accounts under FRS102 and another new SORP for charities preparing them under the FRSSE.


The problem is that the FRSSE is now going to be withdrawn at the end of 2015, so small organisations will then be required to also prepare their accounts under FRS102, except with some disclosure exemptions.


This therefore raises the question as to which SORP charities should adopt for their accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015. They could use the FRSSE SORP, which would require fewer adjustments from their current accounts but is only valid for a year, or move straight over to the FRS102 SORP, even though the section in it requiring fewer disclosures for smaller organisations has not yet been produced.


Charities with two of the following – income over £6.5m, gross assets over £3.26m or 50 employees or more – will not have the option to use the FRSSE SORP.


At Caladine we appreciate that each Charity is different and we will obviously guide you in the correct pathway as to which SORP to adopt.


I have written a separate technical memo, comparing the difference between the SORP FRSSE and the SORP FRS102 which may be of interest.