Accounting For Dummies: Edition 4

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Learn the basics of practical accounting easily and painlessly with Accounting For Dummies, 4th Edition, which features new information on accounting methods and standards to keep you up to date. With this guide, you can avoid accounting fraud, minimize confusion, maximize profits, and make sense of accounting basics with this plain-English guide to your accountant’s language. Understand how to manage inventory, report income and expenses for public or private companies, evaluate profit margins, analyze business strengths and weaknesses, and manage budgets for a better bottom line.
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John A. Tracy (Boulder, Colorado) is Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Before his 35-year tenure at Boulder, he was on the business faculty for four years at the University of California in Berkeley. Early in his career he was a staff accountant with Ernst & Young. John is the author of several books on accounting and finance, including The Fast Forward MBA in Finance, How To Read a Financial Report, and Small Business Financial Management Kit For Dummies with his son Tage Tracy. John received his BSC degree from Creighton University. He earned his MBA and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a CPA (inactive) in Colorado.
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Apr 8, 2011
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Accounting Workbook For Dummies, UK Edition covers:

Part I: Business Accounting Basics 
Chapter 1: Elements of Business Accounting 
Chapter 2: Financial Effects of Transactions 
Chapter 3: Getting Started in the Bookkeeping Cycle 
Chapter 4: The Bookkeeping Cycle: Adjusting and ClosingEntries 

Part II: Preparing Financial Statements 
Chapter 5: The Effects and Reporting of Profit 
Chapter 6: Reporting Financial Condition in the BalanceSheet 
Chapter 7: Coupling the Profit & Loss Statement and BalanceSheet 
Chapter 8: Reporting Cash Flows and Changes in Owners'Equity 
Chapter 9: Choosing Accounting Methods 

Part III: Managerial, Manufacturing, and CapitalAccounting 
Chapter 10: Analysing Profit Behavior 
Chapter 11: Manufacturing Cost Accounting 
Chapter 12: Figuring Out Interest and Return onInvestment 

Part IV: The Part of Tens 
Chapter 13: Ten Things You Should Know About BusinessFinancial Statements 
Chapter 14: A Ten-Point Checklist for ManagementAccountants 

Main changes in the UK edition include:

UK Accounting practiceCurrencyUK institutions - Inland Revenue and Customs and ExciseetcNational Insurance, PAYEUK taxation and VATPartnerships and Limited company informationUK legal practiceUK specific formsUK specific case studies
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