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Britain's number-one guide to mastering the art and science of bookkeeping Accurate bookkeeping is crucial to the success of every business—but few people relish in this highly detailed task. Luckily, this new edition of Bookkeeping For Dummies simplifies every aspect of financial record keeping, walking you through the basic skills you need to make numbers your minion. From tracking transactions and keeping ledgers to producing balance sheets and year-end reports, this straight-talking guide takes the intimidation out of bookkeeping and shows you how to make it your best friend in business. Fully updated to include the latest coverage of accounting practices and bookkeeping software, this new edition of Bookkeeping For Dummies features tons of practical exercises to get you up and running with what you need to keep your books balanced, your finances in order and the tax inspector off your back. Find updated bookkeeping templates and resources available via download Manage day-to-day records like sales and purchases Produce Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets Prepare year-end documents with confidence and ease From the importance of keeping a paper trail to the best ways to keep payroll rolling—and everything in between—this is the ideal resource for anyone looking to learn the bookkeeping ropes.

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Take your books to the cloud with the ultimate guide to Xero Xero For Dummies is your one-stop resource for working with this revolutionary accounting software. Whether you're brand new to Xero or converting from another program, you'll get up and running in a flash; if you're already using Xero, this book will show you how to take advantage of the software's full functionality. Easy to use and deceptively powerful, Xero is so much more than a spreadsheet &ndash it can help you streamline reporting; manage inventory; simplify accounts; and organise suppliers, customers and more. Automatic imports, intuitive coding and seamless synching across multiple business platforms gets the paperwork done quickly so you can get back to running your business. This new third edition includes coverage of the newest features, including updates on payroll, purchase orders, reporting and inventory so you can optimise your system to help your business thrive. Xero's cloud-based single-ledger accounting system is user-friendly and efficient, but expert guidance will help you get the absolute most out of the software's features and functionality. This book shows you every nook and cranny, with screenshots and best practices, so you can let Xero handle the books while you focus on running your business. Fine-tune your set-up, or convert from another accounting program Manage daily activities with contacts, accounts, sales and payables Master weekly and monthly reporting routines Track inventory, monitor your business and get the most out of Xero You didn't start your business in order to become an accountant, but bookkeeping is critically important to the short- and long-term health of your company. Xero simplifies the process and saves you time, and Xero For Dummies helps you leverage every feature Xero has to offer. In addition to the book, visit www.dummies.com/go/xerofd3e for an online-only appendix you can download for free, which gives you all the info you need to master your payrun.

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The 2017 edition gives up-to-date industry-specific guidance needed to be able to tailor operations with the most current standards and regulations. Included are new best practices and interpretive guidance to industry-specific considerations, this guide has you covered. This edition offers “best practice” discussion of industry-specific issues such as fair value accounting and related disclosures, as well as compliance with regulatory requirements. Further, new guidance on initial margin has been approved in accordance with applicable AICPA requirements.

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Issued under the authority of Accounting and Review Services Committee (ARSC) and a go-to guide for accountants performing preparation, compilation and review engagements, this version contains the most up-to-date guidance, including the recently issued Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) No. 22, Compilation of Pro Forma Financial Information, and SSARS No. 23, Omnibus Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services – 2016. This edition also contains some enhancive updates related to materiality in review engagements, professional skepticism, and more illustrative accountant’s reports.

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It is critical that auditors understand the complexities of the specialized accounting and regulatory requirements of the health care industry. This guide is considered the industry standard resource and the 2017 update contains practical, «how-to» guidance for accounting and auditing of health care entities. Prepared and reviewed by industry experts to provide hands on, practical guidance for those who work in and with health care entities, this 2017 edition includes relevant GASB and FASB updates (including those related to private companies), and auditor involvement with municipal securities findings. Further, SAS No. 133, Auditor Involvement With Exempt Offering Documents will be important in this industry. The clarification made by this standard will be very helpful to auditors in understanding their requirements related to public offering documents that include audited financial statements.

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Considered the industry standard resource, this guide’s 2017 edition is packed with information on new requirements and relevant changes to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, including a high-level look at FASB ASU Nos. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers and 2016-02, Leases. It provides practical tips and industry specific guidance, provides value from simple accounting to joint venture creation, and takes a deep dive into industry specific auditing procedures. With two complete sets of financial statements and disclosures, it provides an industry accepted blueprint from where to start, or a reference for auditing the final product.

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This resource provides interpretive guidance and implementation strategies for all preparation, compilation examination and agreed upon procedures on prospective financial information: Helps with establishing proven best-practices. Provides practical tools and resources to assist with compliance. Exposes potential pitfalls associated with independence and ethics requirements. SSAE No. 18 SSARS No. 23 Preparation and compilation engagements now fall under the SSARSs The attestation engagements require an assertion from the responsible party

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Whether a financial statement preparer or auditor, it is critical to understand the complexities of the specialized accounting and regulatory requirements for investment companies. This guide supports practitioners in a constantly changing industry landscape. It provides authoritative how-to accounting and auditing advice, including implementation guidance and illustrative financial statements and disclosures. Packed with continuous regulatory developments, this guide has been updated to reflect certain changes necessary due to the issuance of authoritative guidance since the guide was originally issued, and other revisions as deemed appropriate. The updates for this 2017 edition include extensive changes to the illustrated financial statements for registered investment companies that result from SEC's issuance of the release Investment Company Reporting Modernization and related amendments to Regulation S-X. Other updates to the 2017 edition include changes to illustrated attestation reports that result from AICPA's issuance of Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18, Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification. Further updates include: References to appropriate AICPA Technical Questions and Answers that address when to apply the liquidation basis of accounting Appendixes discussing the new standards for financial instruments, leases, and revenue recognition Appendixes discussing common or collective trusts and business development companies

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In addition to SSARS No. 21, which is now effective, this edition includes two newly released Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS): SSARS No. 22, Compilation of Pro Forma Financial Information, and SSARS No. 23, Omnibus Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services—2016. The codification statements are fully indexed and arranged by subject. The guidance (and related interpretations to the extent applicable) help apply the standards in specific circumstances and clearly show amendments, deleted or superseded portions, and conforming changes due to the issuance of other authoritative guidance.

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The easy way to come to grips with Sage 50 Accounts Written by a Sage 50 Accounts expert and packed with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on, accessible guide is the easiest way to master this popular small business accounting software. Walking you through every aspect of setting up and using Sage 50 Accounts—from installing software to running VAT returns and producing year-end accounts—Sage 50 Accounts For Dummies offers easy-to-follow guidance on the quickest way to complete tasks and customise Sage to suit your specific business needs. Recommended by 90% of accountants, Sage 50 Accounts is Europe's best-known small business accounting package. Now completely updated to reflect the latest version of Sage 50 Accounts, this friendly guide takes the hassle out of working with the software. In no time, you'll be navigating your way around the new Sage 50 Accounts interface, making sense of the latest changes to backups, and confidently taking control of your business' finances—freeing you up to spend your time managing other areas of your business. Reflects the latest changes in the 2015 edition of Sage 50 Accounts software Shows you how to set up and use Sage 50 Accounts with minimal fuss Provides helpful screenshots to help you every step of the way Offers guidance on going mobile with the Sage 50 app Whether you're new to Sage 50 Accounts or just need to get up and running on the newest software, this no-nonsense guide makes it easy.