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Financial accounting ni nthavi ya accounting yakukhwaska kufupikiska, kusanthura na kupharazga vya kusintha mawoko kwa chuma mu ma wupu gha malonda.[1] Ichi chikukhwaska kunozga ma financial statements ghakugwiriskika na ŵanthu. Stockholders, suppliers, mabank, maemployees, magovernment agencies, mabusiness owners, na mastakeholder ghanyakhe niviyezgero vya ŵanthu aŵa ŵakukhumbanga kumanya vinandi vyanthe ivi kuni viŵa vwire kusola chakuchita.

Financial accountancy yikulamulika na vyose mwa malango gha chikaya na malango gha vyaru vinandi. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) ni malango gha agho ghakudangizga financial accounting yakugwiriskika mu malo ghalighose agho ghalipo. mukati mwakhe muli nthe vikhazikisko, vizgoŵero na malango agho ma accountant ghakulondezga pa kujambula na kufupikizga na pa kanozgero ka ma financial statement.

Paunyakheso, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) ni chibwayila cha vikhazikisko vya accounting kulongosola umo ma transactions ghanji na vyakuchitika vinyakhe vikwenera kuphalilikira mu ma financial statements. ma IFRS ghakupelekeka na International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).[2] Ndipo na IFRS kuzgoka yakutandazgika chomene pa charu chose, kuyana mu kupharazga vya Chuma kulikukula pakati pa zi wupu za vyaru vyose.

apo financial accounting yikugwiriskika kuŵanozgera ŵanthu uthenga wa accounting kuwalo kwa wupu aŵo ŵakukhwaskika na kwendeska kwa wupu kwa dazi na dazi, managerial accounting yikupa uthenga wakovwira ma bwana kusola vyochita pokwendeska wupu wa malonda.

Vya kurata[lemba | kulemba source]

Financial accounting na kuphara vya chuma kanandi vikuyowoyeka nga kuti nivimoza waka.

1. Mwakuyana na vikhazikisko vya kupharazga vya chuma vya International Financial Reporting Standards: vyakurata vya financial reporting ni:

Kupa uthenga wa vya chuma uwo ngwakuzirwa ku ŵakupanda-ndalama aŵa ŵalipo na kale na aŵa ŵangizapo na ŵakubweleka ndalama mu kusola vyakuchita pa kupeleka vinthu vya ŵakupharazga ŵo.[3]

2. Mwakuyana na Wupu la Kuŵelengeskera Chuma "European Accounting Association":

Capital maintenance ndiyo ni chakurata cha financial reporting.[4]

Financial accounting ni kunozga kwa ma financial statements agho ghangaŵelengeka na ŵanthu bweka na ŵanthu ŵose ŵakukhwaskika. Uthenga wa vya chuma Financial information ngwakuzirwa ku ŵakugwiriska pala maunenesko gha uwemi ghalipapo. Pakupanga ma financial statements, ivi vikwenela kufiskika: maUnenesko gha uwemi ghakudangira:

  • Kupindura: Kupindura ni unenesko wa ma uthenga gha vya chuma kuŵa ghakuzirwa ku visankho vya ŵakugwiriska ntchito. vimenyu vya kupindura ni predictive value na confirmatory value. Materiality ni sub-quality ya relevance. Information is considered material if its omission or misstatement could influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of the financial statements.
  • Kwimililika mwa urunji: Faithful representation means that the actual effects of the transactions shall be properly accounted for and reported in the financial statements. The words and numbers must match what really happened in the transaction. The ingredients of faithful representation are completeness, neutrality and free from error. It signifies that the accountants have acted in good faith during the process of representation.

Kukuzga ma unenesko gha uwemi:

  • Vyaukaboni: Verifiability implies consensus between the different knowledgeable and independent users of financial information. Such information must be supported by sufficient evidence to follow the principle of objectivity.
  • Vyakupambaniskika: Comparability is the uniform application of accounting methods across entities in the same industry. The principle of consistency is under comparability. Consistency is the uniform application of accounting across points in time within an entity.
  • Vyakupulikisiskika: Understandability means that accounting reports should be expressed as clearly as possible and should be understood by those to whom the information is relevant.
  • Vya pa nyengo: Timeliness implies that financial information must be presented to the users before a decision is to be made.

Vyamkati vitatu vya mabuku gha vineno (ndigho ma financial statements)[lemba | kulemba source]

Statement ya cash flows (Chineno cha cash flow (ndiyo cash flow statement))[lemba | kulemba source]

The statement of cash flows considers the inputs and outputs in concrete cash within a stated period. The general template of a cash flow statement is as follows: Cash Inflow - Cash Outflow + Opening Balance = Closing Balance

Example 1: in the beginning of September, Ellen started out with $5 in her bank account. During that same month, Ellen borrowed $20 from Tom. At the end of the month, Ellen bought a pair of shoes for $7. Ellen's cash flow statement for the month of September looks like this:

  • Cash inflow: $20
  • Cash outflow:$7
  • Opening balance: $5
  • Closing balance: $20 – $7 + $5 = $18

Example 2: in the beginning of June, WikiTables, a company that buys and resells tables, sold 2 tables. They'd originally bought the tables for $25 each, and sold them at a price of $50 per table. The first table was paid out in cash however the second one was bought in credit terms. WikiTables' cash flow statement for the month of June looks like this:

  • Cash inflow: $50 - How much WikiTables received in cash for the first table. They didn't receive cash for the second table (sold in credit terms).
  • Cash outflow: $50 - How much they'd originally bought the 2 tables for.
  • Opening balance: $0
  • Closing balance: $50 – 2*$25 + $0 = $50–50=$0 - Indeed, the cash flow for the month of June for WikiTables amounts to $0 and not $50.

Important: the cash flow statement only considers the exchange of actual cash, and ignores what the person in question owes or is owed.

Chineno cha financial perfomance (ndiyo Statement ya financial performance) (income statement, profit & loss (p&l) statement, or statement of operations)[lemba | kulemba source]

The statement of profit or income statement represents the changes in value of a company's accounts over a set period (most commonly one fiscal year), and may compare the changes to changes in the same accounts over the previous period. All changes are summarized on the "bottom line" as net income, often reported as "net loss" when income is less than zero.

The net profit or loss is determined by:

Sales (revenue)

cost of goods sold

– selling, general, administrative expenses (SGA)

depreciation/ amortization

= earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)

– interest and tax expenses

= profit/loss

Chineno cha financial position ndicho(Statement of financial position ) (panjiso kuti balance sheet)[lemba | kulemba source]

The balance sheet is the financial statement showing a firm's assets, liabilities and equity (capital) at a set point in time, usually the end of the fiscal year reported on the accompanying income statement. The total assets always equal the total combined liabilities and equity. This statement best demonstrates the basic accounting equation:

Ma'aseti = Vyakulemeska + vyaŵene

The statement can be used to help show the financial position of a company because liability accounts are external claims on the firm's assets while equity accounts are internal claims on the firm's assets.

Accounting standards often set out a general format that companies are expected to follow when presenting their balance sheets. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) normally require that companies report current assets and liabilities separately from non-current amounts.[5][6] A GAAP-compliant balance sheet must list assets and liabilities based on decreasing liquidity, from most liquid to least liquid. As a result, current assets/liabilities are listed first followed by non-current assets/liabilities. However, an IFRS-compliant balance sheet must list assets/liabilities based on increasing liquidity, from least liquid to most liquid. As a result, non-current assets/liabilities are listed first followed by current assets/liabilities.[7]

Current assets are the most liquid assets of a firm, which are expected to be realized within a 12-month period. Current assets include:

  • cash - physical money
  • accounts receivable - revenues earned but not yet collected
  • Merchandise inventory - consists of goods and services a firm currently owns until it ends up getting sold
  • Investee companies - expected to be held less than one financial period
  • prepaid expenses - expenses paid for in advance for use during that year

Non-current assets include fixed or long-term assets and intangible assets:

  • fixed (long term) assets
  • intangible assets

Liabilities include:

  • current liabilities
    • trade accounts payable
    • dividends payable
    • employee salaries payable
    • interest (e.g. on debt) payable
  • long term liabilities
    • mortgage notes payable
    • bonds payable

Owner's equity, sometimes referred to as net assets, is represented differently depending on the type of business ownership. Business ownership can be in the form of a sole proprietorship, partnership, or a corporation. For a corporation, the owner's equity portion usually shows common stock, and retained earnings (earnings kept in the company). Retained earnings come from the retained earnings statement, prepared prior to the balance sheet.[8]

Statement of retained earnings (statement of changes in equity)[lemba | kulemba source]

This statement is additional to the three main statements described above. It shows how the distribution of income and transfer of dividends affects the wealth of shareholders in the company. The concept of retained earnings means profits of previous years that are accumulated till current period. Basic proforma for this statement is as follows:

Retained earnings at the beginning of period

+ Net Income for the period

- Dividends

= Retained earnings at the end of period.[9]

Basic concepts[lemba | kulemba source]

The stable measuring assumption[lemba | kulemba source]

One of the basic principles in accounting is "The Measuring Unit principle":

The unit of measure in accounting shall be the base money unit of the most relevant currency. This principle also assumes the unit of measure is stable; that is, changes in its general purchasing power are not considered sufficiently important to require adjustments to the basic financial statements."[10]

Historical Cost Accounting, i.e., financial capital maintenance in nominal monetary units, is based on the stable measuring unit assumption under which accountants simply assume that money, the monetary unit of measure, is perfectly stable in real value for the purpose of measuring (1) monetary items not inflation-indexed daily in terms of the Daily CPI and (2) constant real value non-monetary items not updated daily in terms of the Daily CPI during low and high inflation and deflation.

Units of constant purchasing power[lemba | kulemba source]

The stable monetary unit assumption is not applied during hyperinflation. IFRS requires entities to implement capital maintenance in units of constant purchasing power in terms of IAS 29 Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies.

Financial accountants produce financial statements based on the accounting standards in a given jurisdiction. These standards may be the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles of a respective country, which are typically issued by a national standard setter, or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which are issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

Financial accounting serves the following purposes:

  • producing general purpose financial statements
  • producing information used by the management of a business entity for decision making, planning and performance evaluation
  • producing financial statements for meeting regulatory requirements.

Objectives of financial accounting[lemba | kulemba source]

  • Systematic recording of transactions: basic objective of accounting is to systematically record the financial aspects of business transactions (i.e. book-keeping). These recorded transactions are later on classified and summarized logically for the preparation of financial statements and for their analysis and interpretation.
  • Ascertainment of result of above recorded transactions: accountant prepares profit and loss account to know the result of business operations for a particular period of time. If expenses exceed revenue then it is said that the business is running under loss. The profit and loss account helps the management and different stakeholders in taking rational decisions. For example, if business is not proved to be remunerative or profitable, the cause of such a state of affairs can be investigated by the management for taking remedial steps.
  • Ascertainment of the financial position of business: businessman is not only interested in knowing the result of the business in terms of profits or loss for a particular period but is also anxious to know that what he owes (liability) to the outsiders and what he owns (assets) on a certain date. To know this, accountant prepares a financial position statement of assets and liabilities of the business at a particular point of time and helps in ascertaining the financial health of the business.
  • Providing information to the users for rational decision-making: accounting as a ‘language of business’ communicates the financial result of an enterprise to various stakeholders by means of financial statements. Accounting aims to meet the financial information needs of the decision-makers and helps them in rational decision-making.
  • To know the solvency position: by preparing the balance sheet, management not only reveals what is owned and owed by the enterprise, but also it gives the information regarding concern’s ability to meet its liabilities in the short run (liquidity position) and also in the long-run (solvency position) as and when they fall due.

Graphic definition[lemba | kulemba source]

The accounting equation (Assets = Liabilities + Owners' Equity) and financial statements are the main topics of financial accounting.

The trial balance, which is usually prepared using the double-entry accounting system, forms the basis for preparing the financial statements. All the figures in the trial balance are rearranged to prepare a profit & loss statement and balance sheet. Accounting standards determine the format for these accounts (SSAP, FRS, IFRS). Financial statements display the income and expenditure for the company and a summary of the assets, liabilities, and shareholders' or owners' equity of the company on the date to which the accounts were prepared.

Asset, expense, and dividend accounts have normal debit balances (i.e., debiting these types of accounts increases them).

Liability, revenue, and equity accounts have normal credit balances (i.e., crediting these types of accounts increases them).

0 = Dr Assets                            Cr Owners' Equity                Cr Liabilities  
          .       _____________________________/\____________________________       .
          .      /    Cr Retained Earnings (profit)         Cr Common Stock  \      .
          .    _________________/\_______________________________      .            .
          .   / Dr Expenses       Cr Beginning Retained Earnings \     .            .
          .     Dr Dividends      Cr Revenue                           .            .
      \________________________/  \______________________________________________________/
       increased by debits           increased by credits

          Crediting a credit                         
Thus -------------------------> account increases its absolute value (balance)
           Debiting a debit                             

          Debiting a credit                         
Thus -------------------------> account decreases its absolute value (balance)
          Crediting a debit

When the same thing is done to an account as its normal balance it increases; when the opposite is done, it will decrease. Much like signs in math: two positive numbers are added and two negative numbers are also added. It is only when there is one positive and one negative (opposites) that you will subtract.

However, it is important to note that there are instances of accounts, known as contra-accounts, which have a normal balance opposite that listed above. Examples include:

  • Contra-asset accounts (such as accumulated depreciation and allowances for bad debt or obsolete inventory)
  • Contra-revenue accounts (such as sales allowances)
  • Contra-equity accounts (such as treasury stock)

Financial accounting versus cost accounting[lemba | kulemba source]

  1. Financial accounting aims at finding out results of accounting year in the form of Profit and Loss Account and Balance Sheet. Cost Accounting aims at computing cost of production/service in a scientific manner and facilitate cost control and cost reduction.
  2. Financial accounting reports the results and position of business to government, creditors, investors, and external parties.
  3. Cost Accounting is an internal reporting system for an organisation's own management for decision making.
  4. In financial accounting, cost classification based on type of transactions, e.g. salaries, repairs, insurance, stores etc. In cost accounting, classification is basically on the basis of functions, activities, products, process and on internal planning and control and information needs of the organization.
  5. Financial accounting aims at presenting ‘true and fair’ view of transactions, profit and loss for a period and Statement of financial position (Balance Sheet) on a given date. It aims at computing ‘true and fair’ view of the cost of production/services offered by the firm.[11]

Related qualification[lemba | kulemba source]

Many professional accountancy qualifications cover the field of financial accountancy, including Certified Public Accountant CPA, Chartered Accountant (CA or other national designations, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants AICPA and Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).

See also[lemba | kulemba source]

References[lemba | kulemba source]

  1. "Financial Accounting - Definition from KWHS". The Wharton School. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. "Who We Are - January 2015" (PDF). IFRS.org. IFRS Foundation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. IFRS Conceptual Framework(2010) Par. OB2
  4. European Accounting Association, Response to Question 26, Comment Letter to the Discussion Paper regarding the Review of the Conceptual Framework, on Page 2 of comment letters, dated 2014-01-24 Archived 2014-07-29 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "IAS 1 - Presentation of Financial Statements". Deloitte Global. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. Larry M. Walther, Christopher J. Skousen, "Long-Term Assets", Ventus Publishing ApS, 2009
  7. Gavin, Matt (30 August 2019). "GAAP VS. IFRS: WHAT ARE THE KEY DIFFERENCES AND WHICH SHOULD YOU USE?". Harvard Business School Online. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  8. Malhotra, DK; Poteau, Ray (2016). Financial Accounting I. Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-1627517300.
  9. Fred., Phillips (2011). Fundamentals of financial accounting. Libby, Robert., Libby, Patricia A. (3rd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN 9780073527109. OCLC 457010553.
  10. Paul H. Walgenbach, Norman E. Dittrich and Ernest I. Hanson, (1973), Financial Accounting, New York: Harcourt Grace Javonovich, Inc. Page 429.
  11. Cost and Management Accounting. Intermediate. The Institute of Cost Accountants of India. p. 17.

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