Top Ten Accounting Articles

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1. Analyzing Accounting Transactions
Analyzing accounting transactions involves simple steps that can make a difference in the quality of the financial information.

2. Accounting Information Systems (AIS) and Fraud
An executive signed a Form S-4 and a Form S-4 amendment that Company WXZ, Inc. filed with the SEC while knowing, those filings contained materially false and misleading information on prior revenue and earnings per share(2) approved backdated contracts, among other misleading actions.

3. Significant Unusual Transactions
Former CEO, CFO, and other top officers of a corporation were accused of falsifying the company’s financial records in order to inflate the organization revenue so that the company would meet analysts’ financial projections.

4. Statement of Cash Flow - Direct or Indirect Method
The indirect method is the most widely used.The direct method is call income statement method while the indirect method is called the reconciliation method.

5. Compensated Absences
Forensic accountants review these transactions as unscrupulous individuals commit fraud by reducing expenses related to compensated absences to help companies meet earnings targets and fraudulently fail to disclose in their financial statements the changes in accounting for compensated absences.

6. Accounts Receivables' Allowances
Accounts receivables is the result of money owed to a business arising from the sale of goods or the performance of services. Accounts receivables are reported at their net realizable value, which represents the net amount that will be collected.

7. Drawing Conclusions from Financial Statements
Forensic accountants find useful information in the financial statements. Financial statements analysis helps decision-makers and financial investigators to draw conclusions for different purposes.

8. Transactions' Cycles and Internal Control
Several internal control procedures are common to most transaction cycles. Analyzing the internal controls of each transaction cycle is better achieved through the cycle approach, which combines different similar transactions with the ledger balance.

9. Calculating Cash Discounts and Allowances
Taking discounts usually makes economic sense. The true cost foregone when a company does take a discount is high. For example in a 2/10, net 30 it would be 36%.

10. Inventory Analysis & Management
How to avoid overstocking or understocking and use investment optimally. What is inventory turnover and how it affects financial statements. How to calculate the number of days it takes to sell inventory.

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