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glossary of accounting terms


      
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Accounting:
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accounts


This is a term previously used to refer to statements produced at the end of accounting periods, such as the trading and profit and loss account and the balance sheet. Nowadays, the term 'financial statements' is more commonly used.
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accruals


If during the course of a business certain charges are incurred but no invoice is received then these charges are referred to as accruals (they 'accrue' or increase in value). A typical example is interest payable on a loan where you have not yet received a bank statement. These items (or an estimate of their value) should still be includ [..]
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assets


Assets represent what a business owns or is due. Equipment, vehicles, buildings, creditors, money in the bank, cash are all examples of the assets of a business.
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audit


The process of checking every entry in a set of books to make sure they agree with the original paperwork.
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auditor


A person qualified to inspect, correct and verify business accounts.
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audit trail


A list of transactions in the order they occurred.unts.
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balance sheet


A report that details the various assets and liabilities of a business at a point in time, usually the end of an accounting period. A Balance Sheet must always balance, i.e. debits must always equal the credits.
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bankrupt


If an individual or unincorporated company has greater liabilities than it has assets, the person or business can petition for, or be declared by its creditors, bankrupt.
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