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Department
Accounting
Course
ACCT 1201
Professor
Ronen Gal-or
Semester
Spring

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Chapter 2 Condensed (Day 1) I. Overview of Accounting Concepts II. Accounting for Business Transactions III. Keeping Track of Account Balances A. Journal Entries – General Journal B. T-Accounts – General Ledger IV. Prepare a Classified Balance Sheet V. Current Ratio I. Overview of Accounting Concepts A. Objective of Financial Reporting - Primary objective of external financial reporting is to provide useful economic information about a business to help external parties make sound financial decisions Help people make decisions B. Traits of Useful Accounting Information 1. Relevance – Would influence a decision, provides useful current information 2. Reliability – Can be depended upon, neutral representation of the financial information 3. Comparability – Results from companies following the same accounting rules in preparing their financial info. Allows stakeholders to compare the financial position and performance of two companies in the same industry. 4.Consistency – The company uses the same accounting principles and rules from year to year. Allows stakeholders to compare the financial position and performance of the same company over time. C. Assumptions and Principles of Financial Statements 1. Unit-of-measure assumption – States that each business entity accounts for and reports its financial results primarily in terms of the national monetary unit ($, €, etc.). 2. Separate entity assumption -Assumes economic events can be identified with a particular unit of accountability. Requires economic activities of an entity be kept separate from those of owner and separate from all other economic entities. 3. Time period assumption - Allows the business to be divided into artificial time periods (choose whenever is a good breaking point). 4. Continuity assumption / Going concern assumption - Assumes business will be in existence long enough to carry out goals. The business will be a continued ―going concern.‖ They have to assume they can pay off their short-term and long-term debts/liabilities. Someone else will have to come in if they are in danger of bankruptcy. 5. Historical Cost principle - Requires assets to be recorded at original cost as it is verifiable. It used to be that it was only based on this conservative principle. 6. Full Disclosure principle - Requires that all circumstances and events that would make a difference to users of financial statements be presented. Therefore, notes are often disclosed, to include things like market price. 1 D. Two Constraints in Accounting 1. Materiality - Small amounts that are not likely to influence a user’s decision can be accounted for in the most cost-beneficial manner. Is it worth it to take the effort to audit all the details of the smallest portions of inventory? 2. Conservatism - Allows the accountant to choose the accounting method that will be the least likely to overstate assets and income—doesn’t imply that you should intentionally understate assets or income! If the fair market value rises, you do nothing and record only the historical cost! If the fair market value falls, you lower the price in the books as an expense. E. Elements of the Balance Sheet 1. Assets – economic resources with probable future benefits owned by the entity as a result of past transactions. future economic benefits i. To be reported, assets must have a measurable, verifiable value, usually based on the purchase price (historical cost), using a receipt or ―bill of lading‖ ii. Assets are measured initially under the historical cost principle (i.e., its fair market value on the exchange date). iii. Assets are listed in order of liquidity – how soon an asset is expected by management to be turned into cash or used, classified balance sheet is broken up by: a. Current assets: will be used or turned into cash within one year b. Long Term assets: assets to be used or turned into cash beyond the coming year. 2. Liabilities – probable debts or obligations of the entity that result from past transactions, which will be paid with assets or services. i. Creditors – entities that a company owes money ii. Liabilities are usually listed on the balance sheet in order of maturity – how soon an obligation is to
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