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Feedback prompts proposed changes to LLP SORP

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The draft Statement of Recommended Practice for Limited Liability Partnerships has been updated and is intended to become effective from 1 January 2024.

5th Sep 2023
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Following a 2021 consultation, the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) issued Draft Statement of Recommended Practice – Accounting by Limited Liability Partnerships. The amended Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) is intended to become effective for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2024 with early adoption permissible.

The majority of the changes proposed by CCAB are essentially clarifications and are not expected to significantly impact the way in which LLPs prepare their financial statements. Other changes are in response to legislative amendments or amendments to underlying accounting standards.

Scope of the SORP

The LLP SORP is intended to complement the requirements of FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland. While micro-LLPs can prepare financial statements under FRS 105 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable to the Micro-entities Regime, a micro-LLP preparing its financial statements under FRS 105 must not have regard to the LLP SORP. Such LLPs must only have regard to FRS 105. If a transaction, event or condition is not dealt with in FRS 105, the micro-LLP should refer to the Concepts and Pervasive Principles in Section 2 of the Standard to determine the appropriate accounting treatment. It should not refer to the SORP. 

In addition, LLPs reporting under IFRS® Accounting Standards, or FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework are also beyond the scope of the SORP. 

Changes proposed to the SORP

Responding to stakeholder feedback, CCAB proposes to update the LLP SORP in the following areas:

  • amounts payable to former members of the LLP
  • sharing of group profits – interests in subsidiaries
  • automatic division of profits to members who provide no services to the LLP
  • climate change disclosures.

It should be emphasised that the proposed changes do not cater for any amendments arising from the FRC’s ongoing periodic review of UK and Ireland GAAP, notably FRS 102. At the time of writing, the FRC was currently analysing feedback received from the recent comment period of FRED 82 Draft amendments to FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland and other FRSs – Periodic Review. The amendments to UK and Ireland GAAP arising from the periodic review may be published towards the end of 2023 or early 2024. They are currently expected to take mandatory effect for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2025.

A summary of the notable amendments are as follows (references to para numbers are to the draft LLP SORP).

Amendment Proposal
Amounts payable to former members Additional guidance on scenarios that may be less common to LLPs – for example, where FRS 102, Section 26 Share-based Payment may apply. See paras 76 and 76A. 
Group profits – interests in subsidiaries Additional guidance on how an LLP that is a parent should account for a subsidiary that is also an LLP in its group accounts. The additional guidance specifically covers the treatment of members’ debt and equity interests in the subsidiary when determining whether there is a non-controlling interest in the net assets of the group that should be recognised in the group accounts. See paras 119A to 119G. 
Automatic division of profits to members who provide no services to the LLP Additional guidance is included in the draft SORP on the treatment of profits that are automatically divided between members who do not provide any services to the LLP. See para 34D and Appendix 2, para 6. 
Climate-change disclosures The draft SORP includes new requirements for certain (larger) LLPs to provide climate-related financial disclosures in the strategic report (if one is prepared) or in the energy and carbon report. See para 25D. 

Have your say

If you wish to comment on the proposed changes to the LLP SORP, they should be submitted to [email protected] by 27 October 2023. If you wish to send hard copy comments, these should be posted to: CCAB – LLP SORP, Moorgate Place, London EC2P 2BJ.

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