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Accounting All-in-One For Dummies

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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

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