Accounting in a Business Context by Aidan Berry, Robin Jarvis

By Aidan Berry, Robin Jarvis

Offers non-specialist accounting and finance scholars on enterprise reports classes with an creation to the position of accounting in a managerial environment. This name displays adjustments in foreign monetary Reporting criteria (IFRS).

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2. Even given the role of accounting information in relation to other information we also have to bear in mind that, in general, financial accounting information relates to the past and the decisions that need to he taken relate to the future. 2 INDEPENDENT BROADCASTING AUTHORITY The relative importance of financial information as a form of reporting will vary from organization to organization. A good example of this is afforded by the annual report of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) where the financial information is contained in the appendices rather than in the main report, and even there the financial information is only one of a series of key figures identified by the IBA.

The measurement of income will be dealt with in detail in Chapter 4. In this chapter we concentrate on the problem of the measurement of wealth and the way in which accounting approaches that problem. We shall look in some detail at the use of the balance sheet as the measure of wealth, at its component parts such as assets and liabilities, and finally at the format in which the balance sheet is presented and the way in which that is influenced by the type of organization. the environment and the needs of the users.

In a number of situations these are unlikely to be useful ECONOMIC VALUE measures of value or wealth. Historic cost is unlikely to be useful when prices change, whatever the reason for that change. Replacement cost, on the other hand, whilst overcoming that problem by using up-to-date costs is itself irrelevant if there is no intention of replacing the item with an exact replica. Before reading the next section on alternative measures based on value rather than cost it is worth spending a few minutes thinking of the situations in which historic cost and replacement cost are appropriate and those situations when they are unlikely to be suitable.

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