FAQs of Prepaid Expenses

The concept of “matching” is one of the basic principles of accrual-basis accounting. It requires companies to match expenses (efforts) with revenues (accomplishments) whenever it’s reasonable or practical to do so. This concept applies when companies make advance payments for expenses that will benefit more than one accounting period. Here

2021-04-12T14:54:37-06:00January 7th, 2020|

Financial Statements Help Make Informed Business Decisions

There are three types of financial statements under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Each one reveals different, but equally important, information about your company’s financial performance. Together, they can be analyzed to help owners, management, lenders and investors make informed business decisions. Profit or Loss (aka Income Statement) The

2021-04-12T14:55:12-06:00June 4th, 2019|

For-Profit vs. Nonprofit: Financial Reporting Goal Differences

As the term suggests, for-profit companies are driven primarily by one goal — to maximize profits for their owners. Nonprofits, on the other hand, are generally motivated by a charitable purpose. Here’s how their respective financial statements reflect this difference. Reporting revenues and expenses For-profits produce an income statement (also

2021-04-12T14:56:48-06:00March 6th, 2018|

Income Statement Items Warrant Your Auditor’s Attention

Today’s auditors spend significant time determining whether amounts claimed on the income statement capture the company’s financial performance during the reporting period. Here are some income statement categories that auditors focus on. Revenue Revenue recognition can be complex. Under current accounting rules, companies follow a patchwork of industry-specific guidance. So,

2021-04-12T14:57:07-06:00January 30th, 2018|

How to Shape Up Your Working Capital

Working capital — current assets minus current liabilities — is a common measure of liquidity. High liquidity generally equates with low risk, but excessive amounts of cash tied up in working capital may detract from growth opportunities and other spending options, such as expanding to new markets, buying equipment and

2021-04-12T14:58:03-06:00June 2nd, 2017|

3 Financial Statements You Should Know

Successful business people have a solid understanding of the three financial statements prepared under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). A complete set of financial statements helps stakeholders — including managers, investors and lenders — evaluate a company’s financial condition and results. Here’s an overview of each report. 1. Income

2021-04-12T14:58:04-06:00May 3rd, 2017|
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