Branch accounting is used by a business to assess the profitability of each of its branches. The simplest method is for the central head office to operate a single branch account for each branch. The method is sometimes referred to as the debtors system or direct method system.
The manufacturing account is a general ledger account used by a manufacturer to accumulate production costs such as direct materials, direct labor and manufacturing overheads. The account is used to calculate the manufacturing cost of goods completed during an accounting period.
The trading and profit and loss accounts are temporary accounts in the general ledger. The trading account shows the gross profit and is particularly useful for a trading business which buys and sells finished products as it allows the gross profit and gross profit percentage to be calculated.
A business expects to receive consideration for the sale of goods to its customers. Since accounting periods are for a defined time period a process is needed to allocate the correct amount of consideration to the correct period. This process is referred to as revenue recognition and is applied using a five step revenue model.
A business records an bookkeeping entry for goods given to charity. Since the goods are given free of charge they have no sales value and cannot be recorded as sales and therefore the cost of goods needs to be removed from the purchases account and transferred to a charitable expenses account.
A business records an accounting entry for free samples given to customers. Since the free promotional samples have no sales value they cannot be recorded as sales and therefore the cost of the samples needs to be removed from the purchases account and transferred to a promotional expenses account.
Stock options are a form of equity based compensation. When a business purchases the services of key personnel and pays for those services using stock options, it must record the expense in the income statement over the vesting period using stock based compensation accounting journal entries.
The four main financial statements are the income statement, statement of retained earnings, balance sheet, and cash flow statement. All four statements are interrelated and allow the user to more fully understand the financial performance of the business through the analysis of its financial statements.