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Accounting All-in-One For Dummies


9 books in 1

  • Setting Up Your Accounting System
  • Recording Accounting Transactions
  • Adjusting and Closing Entries
  • Preparing Income Statements and Balance Sheets
  • Reporting on Your Financial Statements
  • Planning and Budgeting for Your Business
  • Making Savvy Business Decisions
  • Handling Cash and Making Purchase Decisions
  • Auditing and Detecting Financial Fraud

Everything you ever wanted to know about accounting in one easy-to-read book

If you think accounting is just about bean counting, think again! This useful compendium is your comprehensive guide to business accounting, from the basics of debits and credits to more complex issues like amortization and regulation. Use this handy guide to dig into the subject from cover to cover or as a reference to brush up on selected topics.

  • Set up and get going — discover what accounting is, then dive right in by creating a chart of accounts
  • Wrap it up — determine how best to record accounting transactions and wrap up your organization’s financials in easy-to-read reports
  • The balancing act — find out how to prepare balance sheets and income statements, the lifeblood of any business
  • The basis for business decisions — find out how good financial decisions make good businesses
  • Auditing and fraud — explore the various types of accounting fraud and how to protect your company
  • Sort through the standards — understand managerial, not-for-profit, governmental, and international accounting
  • Define and tackle depreciation — decide upon straight-line, declining balance, sum-of-the-year’s- digits, units-of-production and taxes associated with each

Open the book and find:

  • The basics on debits and credits, journal entries, and more
  • How to develop end-of-period procedures
  • Details on employee payroll and benefits
  • The lowdown on depreciation and amortization
  • An overview of government financial regulations
  • A guide to analyzing financial statements
  • How to plan for long-term debt obligations
  • Tips to detect and prevent accounting fraud

Introduction 1

Book I: Setting Up Your Accounting System 5

Chapter 1: Grasping Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics 7

Chapter 2: Outlining Your Financial Road Map with a Chart of Accounts 17

Chapter 3: Using Journal Entries and Ledgers 27

Chapter 4: Choosing an Accounting Method 43

Book II: Recording Accounting Transactions 53

Chapter 1: Keeping the Books 55

Chapter 2: Tracking Purchases 67

Chapter 3: Counting Your Sales 79

Chapter 4: Processing Employee Payroll and Benefits 91

Chapter 5: Computing and Reporting Payroll Taxes 111

Book III: Adjusting and Closing Entries 123

Chapter 1: Depreciating Your Assets 125

Chapter 2: Paying and Collecting Interest 137

Chapter 3: Proving Out the Cash 147

Chapter 4: Reconciling Accounts and Closing Journal Entries 157

Chapter 5: Checking Your Accuracy 175

Chapter 6: Adjusting the Books 185

Book IV: Preparing Income Statements and Balance Sheets 195

Chapter 1: Brushing Up on Accounting Standards 197

Chapter 2: Preparing an Income Statement and Considering Profit 207

Chapter 3: Assessing the Balance Sheet's Asset Section 223

Chapter 4: Digging for Debt in the Balance Sheet’s Liabilities Section 239

Chapter 5: Explaining Ownership in the Equit y Section of the Balance Sheet 253

Chapter 6: Coupling the Income Statement and Balance Sheet 265

Book V: Reporting on Your Financial Statements 279

Chapter 1: Presenting Financial Condition and Business Valuation 281

Chapter 2: Laying Out Cash Flows and Changes in Equity 291

Chapter 3: Analyzing Financial Statements 305

Chapter 4: Reading Explanatory Notes and Disclosures 321

Chapter 5: Studying the Repor t to the Shareholders 335

Book VI: Planning and Budgeting for Your Business 347

Chapter 1: Incorporating Your Business 349

Chapter 2: Choosing a Legal Structure for a Business 361

Chapter 3: Drawing Up a Business Plan to Secure Cash 371

Chapter 4: Budgeting for a Better Bottom Line 383

Chapter 5: Mastering and Flexing Your Budgeting 395

Chapter 6: Planning for Long-Term Obligations 407

Book VII: Making Savvy Business Decisions 419

Chapter 1: Estimating Costs with Job Costing 421

Chapter 2: Performing Activity-Based Costing 437

Chapter 3: Examining Contribution Margin 453

Chapter 4: Accounting for Change with Variance Analysis 469

Chapter 5: Making Smart Pricing Decisions 487

Book VIII: Handling Cash and Making Purchase Decisions 497

Chapter 1: Identifying Costs and Matching Costs with Revenue 499

Chapter 2: Exploring Inventory Cost Flow Assumptions 507

Chapter 3: Answering the Question: Should I Buy That? 519

Chapter 4: Knowing When to Use Debt to Finance Your Business 533

Chapter 5: Interpreting Your Financial Results as a Manager 547

Book IX: Auditing and Detecting Financial Fraud 555

Chapter 1: Mulling Over Sarbanes-Oxley Regulation 557

Chapter 2: Preventing Cash Losses from Embezzlement and Fraud 571

Chapter 3: Assessing Audit Risk 585

Chapter 4: Collecting and Documenting Audit Evidence 607

Chapter 5: Auditing a Client’s Internal Controls 625

Chapter 6: Getting to Know the Most Common Fraud Schemes 647

Chapter 7: Cooked Books: Finding Financial Statement Fraud 663

Index 673