The ultimate accountants' reference : including GAAP, IRS & by Steven M. Bragg

By Steven M. Bragg

This sensible ebook covers accounting laws for all elements of the monetary statements, accounting administration reviews, and administration of the accounting division - together with top practices, keep an eye on structures, and the short shut. It additionally addresses financing recommendations, pension plans, threat administration, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation issues

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When perusing later chapters that cover the use of best practices, control systems, and management information systems, one should keep in mind that a great many of these improvements can only be made with the cooperation of other company managers. Also, the accountant should stay aware of systemic changes elsewhere in the company in order to know in advance when issues will arise that may impact the operations of the accounting department. 1 INTRODUCTION Who creates the basic rules of accounting that guide the accounting practices of so many accountants?

There are vastly more instances of ethical failings that many would perceive to be more minimal, such as employee use of company property for personal use, “smoothing” of financial results to keep them in line with investor expectations, or excessively robust sales or earnings forecasts. The controller and the accounting staff in general play a very large role in a company’s ethical orientation, for they control or have some influence over the primary issues that are most subject to ethical problems—reported earnings, cash usage, and control over assets.

Chapter 5, Accounting Standards, lists all of the various accounting pronouncements, such as FASB Interpretations, FASB Statements, and FASB Technical Bulletins, in summary form; the reader can peruse this list of original source documents in order to determine what additional research may be needed to delve into a particular GAAP issue. Chapter 6, The Securities and Exchange Commission, gives an overview of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the EDGAR on-line reporting system, and the Acts and SEC regulations that govern the reporting requirements of publicly held corporations.

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