Chapter3StudyObjectives

Chapter3StudyObjectives - Deferrals are either prepaid...

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1   Explain the time period assumption. The time period assumption assumes that the economic life of a business is divided into artificial time periods. 2   Explain the accrual basis of accounting. Accrual-basis accounting means that companies record events that change a company's financial statements in the periods in which those events occur, rather than in the periods in which the company receives or pays cash. 3   Explain the reasons for adjusting entries. Companies make adjusting entries at the end of an accounting period. Such entries ensure that companies record revenues in the period in which they are earned and that they recognize expenses in the period in which they are incurred. 4   Identify the major types of adjusting entries. The major types of adjusting entries are deferrals (prepaid expenses and unearned revenues) and accruals (accrued revenues and accrued expenses). 5   Prepare adjusting entries for deferrals.
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Unformatted text preview: Deferrals are either prepaid expenses or unearned revenues. Companies make adjusting entries for deferrals to record the portion of the prepayment that represents the expense incurred or the revenue earned in the current accounting period. 6 Prepare adjusting entries for accruals. Accruals are either accrued revenues or accrued expenses. Companies make adjusting entries for accruals to record revenues earned and expenses incurred in the current accounting period that have not been recognized through daily entries. 7 Describe the nature and purpose of an adjusted trial balance. An adjusted trial balance shows the balances of all accounts, including those that have been adjusted, at the end of an accounting period. Its purpose is to prove the equality of the total debit balances and total credit balances in the ledger after all adjustments....
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course ACCT 272 taught by Professor Mensah during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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