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Financial accounting is the process of recording,condense and reporting the mass of transactions resulting from business operations over a period of time. These transactions are summarized in the preparation of financial statements, including the stability sheet, income statement and cash flow statement, that enclose the company's operating performance over a specified period.

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BASICS OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING:

BASICS OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Account:

Account It is a unit of information that represents business records. There are five types of accounts: Asset, Liability, Equity, Revenue and Expense.

Accounting:

Accounting It is concerned with the use of which the records are put, their analysis and interpretation. It is the process of recording business activities that make changes to accounts. Sales of products, Revenue from services earned, Buying products and/or services and so on.

Attributes of Accounting:

Attributes of Accounting It is the art of recording business transactions. It is the art of classifying business transactions. The transactions or events of a business must be recorded in monetary terms. It is the art of summarizing financial transactions. The results should be communicated to users.

Functions:

Functions Systematic record of business transactions. Protecting the property of business. Communicating results to users. Compliance with legal requirements.

Users of Accounting Information:

Users of Accounting Information Owners Creditors (Suppliers) Investors Employees Government Public Research Scholars / Agencies Managers

Branches of Accounting:

Branches of Accounting Financial Accounting (Record keeping) Cost Accounting (Price fixation & Operating efficiency) Management Accounting (Analysis for decision making)

Advantages:

Advantages Replacement of Memory Evidence in court Tax purpose Comparative study Sale of business Assistance to the insolvent For various parties

Limitations:

Limitations Records only monetary transactions Effect of price level changes not considered No realistic information Personal bias of accountant affects the accounting statements Permits alternative treatments (LIFO, FIFO) No real test for managerial performance Historical in nature

Accounting Terminology:

Accounting Terminology Business: An organization created with the objective of making a profit from the sale of goods or services. Book keeping: The act of systematically recording the financial transactions affecting a business. Book Value: The net amount (original value plus or minus any adjustments such as depreciation) showed in the accounts for an asset, liability, or owners' equity item. Calendar Year: An entity's reporting year, covering 12 months. Transactions: Exchange of goods or services between businesses or individuals. Can also be other events having an economic impact on a business.

Accounting Terminology:

Accounting Terminology Journal: A book or original entry in a double-entry bookkeeping system. The journal lists all transactions and indicates the accounts to which they are posted. Journal Entry: A recording of a transaction where debits equal credits. Ledger : A summary statement of all the transactions relating to a person, asset, expense or income which have taken place during a given period of time and show their net effect. Trial Balance: A listing of all account balances that provides a test of whether total debits equals total credits. Revenues: Increases in a company's resources from the sale of goods or services.

Accounting Terminology:

Accounting Terminology Balance sheet: A balance sheet is an itemized statement which lists the total assets and the total liabilities of a given business to show its net worth at a given moment in time (like a snapshot). Capital: Property or money used and owned by a business and used to acquire future income or benefits. Debtor : A debtor is a person who owes money. The amount due from his is called debt. Creditor : A person to whom money is owing or payable is called a creditor. Credit: An entry on the right side of a ledger account.

Accounting Terminology:

Accounting Terminology Goods : This includes all articles, commodities or merchandise in which the business deals. Thus, cloth would be goods for a dealer in cloth; furniture would be goods for a dealer in furniture and so on. Assets: Economic resources owned or controlled by a person or company. Net Assets: The difference between assets and liabilities. Liquidity: The availability of cash or ability to obtain it quickly. Also used to determine debt repayment ability. Goodwill: An intangible asset that exists when a business is valued at more than the fair market value of its net assets. Interest: The cost of the use of money.

Accounting Terminology:

Accounting Terminology Current Assets: Current assets are those assets of a company that are expected to be converted to cash, sold, or consumed during the normal operating cycle of the business (usually one year). Examples are cash, accounts receivable, short-term investments, US government bonds, inventories, and prepaid expenses. Current Liabilities: Liabilities to be paid within one year of the balance sheet date. Drawings: Any amount or goods withdrawn by the owner of a business for personal use is called drawings. Bad Debt: An uncollectible Account Receivable. Loss : A loss is expenditure without any benefit to the concern. On the other hand, expense is incurred to result in some benefit. Thus, amount spent on lighting is an expense but loss due to fire is loss.

Accounting Terminology:

Accounting Terminology Income : It is an inflow of assets which results in an increase in the owner’s equity. Expenditure : Expenditure takes place when an asset or service is acquired. Expenditure will include both payment of a sum immediately and a promise to pay it at a future date. Expense : An expenditure whose benefit is finished or enjoyed immediately such as salaries, rent, etc. Turnover : It means total trading income from cash sales and credit sales. Net worth : It means assets minus outside liabilities. Profits of a business increase net worth whereas losses reduce the net worth of a business. GAAP - Refer to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Basis of Accounting:

Basis of Accounting Cash basis Actual cash receipts and payments are recorded. Credit transactions are not recorded.

Basis of Accounting:

Basis of Accounting Accrual basis The income whether received or not but has been earned or accrued during the period forms part of the total income of the period. The firm has taken benefit of a particular service, but has not paid within that period, the expenses will relates to the period in which the service has been utilized and not to the period in which payment for it is made.

Basis of Accounting:

Basis of Accounting Mixed basis Combination of cash and accrual basis.

System of Accounting:

System of Accounting Single Entry System: This system has no complete record of business transactions done during a specified period. Double Entry System: One account is given debit while the other account is given credit with an equal amount.

Classification of Accounts:

Classification of Accounts Natural Persons Accounts Personal Accounts Impersonal Accounts Artificial Persons Accounts Representative Persons Accounts Real Accounts Nominal Accounts Tangible Real Accounts Intangible Real Accounts

Types of Accounts:

Types of Accounts Natural Person’s Personal Account: An account recording transactions with an individual human being is known as a natural person’s Personal Account. ( eg . Krishna account) Artificial Person’s Personal Account: An account recording financial transactions with an artificial person created by law or otherwise is called an artificial person’s personal account. ( eg . VSL College) Representative Person’s Personal Account: An account indirectly representing a person or persons is known as a representative account. ( eg . Salaries account) Tangible Real Account: An asset which can be touched, seen, and measured. ( eg . Machinery Account) Intangible Real Account: An asset which can’t be touched physically but can be measured in value. ( eg . Goodwill)

Rules of Double Entry System:

Rules of Double Entry System Accounts Rules Personal Debit the receiver Credit the giver Real Debit what comes in Credit what goes out Nominal Debit all expenses and losses Credit all incomes and gains

Accounting cycle:

Accounting cycle Recording monetary transactions in a systematic manner Journal entries Ledger Trial balance Trading and Profit & Loss Account Balance Sheet

Accounting Concepts:

Accounting Concepts Business entity concept : The Business is distinct from the persons who own it. Going concern concept : It assumes that the business will continue for a long time. Cost concept : All the transactions will be recorded at cost in the books. It means deducted depreciation from the assets yearly. Dual aspect concept : Each transaction is twofold affect. Money measurement concept : The transactions should be recorded in monetary aspect only. We should not record the transaction in kilograms, quintals, meters, liters, etc.

Accounting Concepts:

Accounting period concept : Measuring the profit, incomes or expenses of the period only are to be considered. Usually the period is one year (12 months). Realization concept : If the revenue is recognized too early or too late, the company would not project the right financial position. It would look more profitable or less profitable than what it actually is. Matching concept : Expenses incurred for a period are matched with the revenues for the same period to arrive as a reasonably correct measurement of the net income or the net loss. The difference between revenues and expenses is a measure of how effectively management has utilized the firm’s resources. Objective evidence concept : All accounting transactions should be evidenced and supported by object documents. Accounting Concepts

Accounting Conventions:

Convention of disclosure : Accounts should be prepared in such a way that all material information is clearly disclosed to the users. Convention of consistency : An accounting method or procedure once chosen should be followed consistently from year to year. Convention of conservatism : Any business while recording the transactions should ‘anticipate no profits but provide for all possible losses’. Convention of materiality : Only those events should be recorded which have a significant bearing and insignificant things should be ignored. There is no formula for identifying material and immaterial events. It depends on the accountant discretion. Accounting Conventions

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