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Accounting Concepts and Convention

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Accounting concepts

  1. 1. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
  2. 2. Accounting concepts and conventions  Accounting Concepts: The term „concepts‟ includes those basic assumptions or conditions upon which the science of accounting is based. The following are the important accounting concepts:
  3. 3. Separate entity concept:  This concept assumes that, for accounting purposes, the business enterprise and its owners are two separate independent entities. Thus, the business and personal transactions of its owner are separate.  For example, when the owner invests money in the business, it is recorded as liability of the business to the owner. Similarly, when the owner takes away from the business cash/goods for his/her personal use, it is not treated as business expense.
  4. 4. Money Measurement concept:  This concept assumes that all business transactions must be in terms of money.  In our country such transactions are in terms of rupees. Thus, as per the money measurement concept, transactions which can be expressed in terms of money are recorded in the books of accounts
  5. 5. Going concern concept:  This concept states that a business firm will continue to carry on its activities for an indefinite period of time.  Simply stated, it means that every business entity has continuity of life. Thus, it will not be dissolved in the near future. This is an important assumption of accounting, as it provides a basis for showing the value of assets in the balance sheet.
  6. 6. Accounting period concept:  The life of an entity is divided into short economic time periods on which reporting statements are fashioned. All the transactions are recorded in the books of accounts on the assumption that profits on these transactions are to be ascertained for a specified period. This is known as accounting period concept.
  7. 7.  Thus, this concept requires that a balance sheet and profit and loss account should be prepared at regular intervals for different purposes like, calculation of profit, ascertaining financial position etc.
  8. 8. Accounting cost concept:  Accounting cost concept states that all assets are recorded in the books of accounts at their purchase price, which includes cost of acquisition, transportation and installation and not at its market price. It means that fixed assets like building, plant and machinery, furniture, etc are recorded in the books of accounts at a price paid for them. For example, a machine was purchased by XYZ Limited for Rs.500000, for manufacturing shoes. An amount of Rs.1,000 were spent on transporting the machine to the factory site. In addition, Rs.2000 were spent on its installation. The total amount at which the machine will be recorded in the books of accounts would be the sum of all these items i.e. Rs.503000. This cost is also known as historical cost.
  9. 9. Matching Concept:  The matching concept states that the revenue and the expenses incurred to earn the revenues must belong to the same accounting period. So once the revenue is realised, the next step is to allocate it to the relevant accounting period. The matching concept implies that all revenues earned during an accounting year, whether received/not received during that year and all cost incurred, whether paid/not paid during the year should be taken into account while ascertaining profit or loss for that year.
  10. 10. Dual aspect is the foundation or basic principle of accounting. It provides the very basis of recording business transactions in the books of accounts. This concept assumes that every transaction has a dual effect, i.e. it affects two accounts in their respective opposite sides. Therefore, the transaction should be recorded at two places. It means, both the aspects of the transaction must be recorded in the books of accounts. For example, goods purchased for cash has two aspects which are (i) Giving of cash (ii) Receiving of goods. These two aspects are to be recorded. Thus, the duality concept is commonly expressed in terms of fundamental accounting equation : Assets = Liabilities + Capital Dual aspect concept
  11. 11. This concept holds to the view that profit can only be taken into account when realisation has occurred. According to this concept revenue is recognised when a sale is made. Sale is considered to be made at the point when the property in goods passes to the buyer and he becomes legally liable to pay. Revenue is said to have been realised when cash has been received or right to receive cash on the sale of goods or services or both has been created Realisation concept
  12. 12. For example: A places an order with B for supply of goods yet to be manufactured. On receipt of order, B purchases raw materials, employs workers, produces the goods and delivers them to A. A makes the payment on receipt of goods. In this case the sale will be presumed to have been made not at the time of receipt of the order for the goods but at the time when goods are delivered to A.
  13. 13. Accounting Conventions  The term „conventions‟ includes those customs or traditions which guide the accountant while preparing the accounting statements.
  14. 14. ACCOUNTING CONVENTIONS Accounting Conventions Conservatism Full Disclosure Consistency Materiality
  15. 15. This convention is based on the principle that “Anticipate no profit, but provide for all possible losses”. It provides guidance for recording transactions in the books of accounts. It is based on the policy of playing safe in regard to showing profit. The main objective of this convention is to show minimum profit. Profit should not be overstated. If profit shows more than actual, it may lead to distribution of dividend out of capital. This is not a fair policy and it will lead to the reduction in the capital of the enterprise Conservatism
  16. 16. Full Disclosure  : Convention of full disclosure requires that all material and relevant facts concerning financial statements should be fully disclosed. Full disclosure means that there should be full, fair and adequate disclosure of accounting information.
  17. 17.  The convention of consistency means that same accounting principles should be used for preparing financial statements year after year. For example: if a stock is valued at “cost or market price whichever is less”, this principle should be followed year after year. Consistency
  18. 18. Materiality  The convention of materiality states that, to make financial statements meaningful, only material fact i.e. important and relevant information should be supplied to the users of accounting information. The question that arises here is what is a material fact. The materiality of a fact depends on its nature and the amount involved. Material fact means the information of which will influence the decision of its user.

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