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Gains and Losses

19/04/2012 | Author: instantarticles | Posted in Bookkeeping

It would probably be ideal if business and life were as simple as producing goods, selling them and recording the profits. But there are often circumstances that disrupt the cycle, and it’s part of the accountants job to report these as well. Changes in the business climate, or cost of goods or any number of …

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Accounting Principles

19/04/2012 | Author: instantarticles | Posted in Bookkeeping

If everyone involved in the process of accounting followed their own system, or no system at all, there’s be no way to truly tell whether a company was profitable or not. Most companies follow what are called generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and there are huge tomes in libraries and bookstores devoted to just …

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Parts of an Income Statement, Part 2

19/04/2012 | Author: articlemaster | Posted in Bookkeeping

Of course profit and cost of goods sold expense are the two most critical components of an income statement, or at least they’re what people will look at first. But an income statement is truly the sum of its parts, and they all need to be considered carefully, consistently and accurately. In reporting depreciation expense, …

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Balance sheet

19/04/2012 | Author: instantarticles | Posted in Bookkeeping

A balance sheet is a quick picture of the financial condition of a business at a specific period in time. The activities of a business fall into two separate groups that are reported by an accountant. They are profit-making activities, which includes sales and expenses. This can also be referred to as operating activities. There …

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What Is Accounting Anyway

19/04/2012 | Author: instantarticles | Posted in Bookkeeping

Anyone who’s worked in an office at some point or another has had to go to accounting. They’re the people who pay and send out the bills that keep the business running. They do a lot more than that, though. Sometimes referred to as “bean counters” they also keep their eye on profits, costs and …

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