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By Peter Atrill

A complete but available creation to the topic, monetary Accounting for determination Makers makes a speciality of the ways that monetary statements and knowledge can be utilized to enhance the standard of choice making. a realistic emphasis through the publication guarantees that the fabric is often appropriate and appropriate to the choice makers of the longer term.

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This chapter, along with Chapters 3 to 6, will examine the three major financial statements that form the core of financial accounting. We start by taking an overview of these statements to see how each contributes towards an assessment of the overall financial position and performance of a business. Following this overview, we begin a more detailed examination by turning our attention towards one of these financial statements – the balance sheet. We shall see how it is prepared, and examine the principles underpinning this statement.

Is it material? ‘ The qualities, or characteristics, that have just been described will help us to decide whether accounting information is potentially useful. If a particular piece of information has these qualities then it may be useful. However, this does not automatically mean that it should be reported to users. We also have to consider whether the information is material, or significant. This means that we should ask whether its omission or misrepresentation in the accounting reports would really alter the decisions that users make.

L How likely is it that we shall be quoted a price cheaper than £250? As we can imagine, the answers to these questions may be far from clear. When assessing the value of accounting information we are confronted with similar problems. The provision of accounting information can be very costly, however, the costs are often difficult to quantify. The direct, out-of-pocket, costs, such as salaries of accounting staff, are not really a problem to identify, but these are only part of the total costs involved.

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