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Accounting For Dummies, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-50264-8
408 pages
March 2013
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Introduction 1

Part I: Opening the Books on Accounting 11

Chapter 1: Accounting: The Language of Business, Investing, Finance, and Taxes 13

Chapter 2: Financial Statements and Accounting Standards 33

Chapter 3: Keeping the Books 57

Part II: Exploring Financial Statements 81

Chapter 4: Reporting Profit 83

Chapter 5: Reporting Financial Condition 107

Chapter 6: Reporting Cash Flows and Changes in Stockholders’ Equity 131

Chapter 7: Accounting Alternatives 151

Part III: Accounting in Managing a Business 173

Chapter 8: Deciding the Legal Structure for a Business 175

Chapter 9: Accounting in Managing Profit 199

Chapter 10: Budgeting 221

Chapter 11: Cost Accounting 241

Part IV: Preparing and Using Financial Reports  263

Chapter 12: Getting a Financial Report Ready 265

Chapter 13: How Lenders and Investors Read a Financial Report 291

Chapter 14: Filling Out the Financial Statements for Business Managers 319

Part V: The Part of Tens 337

Chapter 15: Ten Accounting Tips for Managers 339

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Reading a Financial Report 349

Appendix: Glossary: Slashing Through the Accounting Jargon Jungle 359

Index 373

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