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Introduction To Financial Accounting
Muriel Anderson
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Date Created: 09/06/16
Organizational Forms 08/31/2016 ▯ Sole proprietorship: business organization owned by one person. The owner is personally liable for all debts of the business. ▯ ▯ Partnership: business organization owned by two or more people. Each partner is personally liable for all debts of the business. ▯ ▯ Corporation: A separate entity from both a legal and accounting perspective. Owners of corporations (stockholders) are not personally responsible for debts of the corporation. ▯ ▯ It is easier to sell shares of stock rather than request a loan from a bank. This is something a corporation can do. Companies are not required to distribute dividends. ▯ ▯ The accounting system: ▯ Business and financing activities > Accounting system > accounting reports ▯ Financial (external) ▯ Managerial (internal) ▯ ▯ Assets = Liabilities + stockholders’s equity ▯ ▯ A sole proprietor spends his own money ▯ A corporation only uses corporation assets. ▯ ▯ Separate entity assumption: Requires that a business’s financial reports include only the activities of the business and not those of its stockholders. This means that the owners personal transactions are completely separate. ▯ ▯ ▯ Assets: Resources controlled by the company that have measureable value and are expected to provide future benefits to the company ▯ Cash, suppliers, furniture, equipment ▯ ▯ Liabilities: amounts owed by the business to creditors ▯ Notes payable: more formal, interest involved, in writing, generally long term ▯ Accounts payable: less formal, usually not in writing, between supplier and vendor. Companies purchase on credit, usually 30 days later. No purchase on cash. No interest. ▯ ▯ Stockholders’ equity: owners claim to the business resources ▯ Stockholder’s equity ▯ Common stock: equity paid in by stockholders ▯ Retained earnings: equity earned by the company ▯ Revenues – expenses = net income ▯ ▯ Revenues: sale of goods or services to customer. They are measured at the amount the business charges the customer. ▯ ▯ Expenses: the costs of business necessary to earn revenues, including wages to employees, advertising, insurance, and utilities. ▯ ▯ Dividends: distributions of a company’s earnings to its stockholders as a return on their investment. Dividends are not an expense. ▯ ▯ Organizational forms  Sole proprietorship  Partnership  Corporation  Limited Liability Company, LLC (combination between partnership and corporation)  ▯ If a corporation wants to raise money, it will sell stock to the public. ▯ Companies will start off as private companies and will become public companies. ▯ ▯ Accounting is to capture information about the operating, investing, and financing activities of a company so that it can be reported to decision makers. ▯ ▯ Managerial accounting reports include detailed financial plans and continually updated reports about the operating performance of the company. INTERNAL ▯ ▯ Financial accounting reports (financial statements) are prepared periodically to provide information to people not employed by the business. EXTERNAL ▯ ▯ Creditors lend money and check financial statements & credit history before lending money on credit. ▯ ▯ Investors are stockholders. Investors use financial statements to determine the financial strength of the business and estimate its value. ▯ ▯ Directors (board of directors) use financial statements to ensure that managers are making decisions in the best interest of the company. ▯ ▯ Government uses financial statements for SEC and IRS. ▯ ▯ The equation ▯ Resources owned = Resourced owed ▯ Assets (of the company) = Liabilities (to creditors) + Stockholder’s equity (to stockholders) ▯ ▯ An asset is an economic resource presently controlled by the company. This can be cash, supplies, equipment, software, and inventory. ▯ ▯ Liabilities are measureable amounts that the company owes to creditors. When a company borrows from a bank, it owes a liability called a note payable. ▯ ▯ Stockholder’s equity is the owner’s claims on the business. The claims arise for two reasons.  Common stock. Owners have a claim on amounts they contributed directly to the company in exchange for its stock.  Retained earnings. Owners have a claim on amounts the company has earned through profitable business operations. ▯ ▯ Revenue is earned by selling goods or services. ▯ Expenses are all costs of doing business that are necessary to earn revenues. ▯ Net income is revenues minus expenses. ▯ ▯ Financial statements  Income statement  Statement of retained earnings  Balance sheet  Statement of cash flows ▯ These are prepared monthly, quarterly, and annually. ▯ Income statement indicates who, what, and when. ▯ ▯ Pg 13


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