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SME financial reporting: the Maltese perspective

Malta has a new default accounting framework for small and medium-sized entities

In August 2015, the General Accounting Principles for Small and Medium-Sized Entities (GAPSME) in Malta replaced the General Accounting Principles for Smaller Entities (GAPSE).

GAPSME can be applied for financial reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016 and is the default accounting framework for small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) in Malta. However, through a board resolution, SMEs may still opt to prepare their financial statements in accordance with international financial reporting standards (IFRS).

GAPSME: applicability

GAPSME applies to entities which satisfy two of the three eligibility criteria listed in Table 1 below. It cannot be applied by large and public interest entities (PIEs), which must prepare their financial statements in accordance with IFRS.

Table 1

 

Small

Medium

Balance sheet total (€)

≤ 4 million

≤ 20 million

Total revenue (€)

≤ 8 million

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≤ 40 million

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Average number of employees  

≤50

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≤ 250

GAPSME presents a simplified financial reporting framework with limited disclosures for these companies. In fact, small companies are only required to prepare a balance sheet, an income statement and notes to the financial statements. A statement of changes in equity, a statement of cash flows and a directors’ report are only required by medium-sized entities.

Small groups, which do not exceed any two of the three thresholds in Table 2 below, are exempt from preparing consolidated financial statements.

Table 2

 

Net

Gross

Balance sheet total (€)

≤ 4 million

≤ 4.8 million

Total revenue (€)

≤ 8 million

≤ 9.6 million

Average number of employees  

≤50

What next?

GAPSME’s success in Malta will ultimately depend on its take up by SMEs. Since GAPSME has simplified the financial reporting obligations of these entities, a large number of qualifying companies are expected to apply this reporting framework. However, we need to wait and see the outcome in the years ahead.

For more information, contact:

Manuel Castagna
Nexia BT, Malta
E: manuel.castagna@nexiabt.com

Michelle Vassallo Pulis
E: michelle.pulis@nexiabt.com

T: +356 2163 7778
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