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1.7: Summary of Chapter 1 Learning Objectives

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    • Henry Dauderis and David Annand
    • Athabasca University via Lyryx Learning
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    LO1 – Define accounting.

    Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, recording, and communicating an organization's economic activities to users for decision making. Internal users work for the organization while external users do not. Managerial accounting serves the decision-making needs of internal users. Financial accounting focuses on external reporting to meet the needs of external users.

    LO2 – Identify and describe the forms of business organization.

    The three forms of business organizations are a proprietorship, partnership, and corporation.

    The following chart summarizes the key characteristics of each form of business organization.

    Characteristic Proprietorship Partnership Corporation
    Separate legal entity No No Yes
    Business income is taxed as part of the business


    (Business income is added to the owner's personal income and the owner pays tax on the sum of the two.)


    (Business income is added to the owner's personal income and the owner pays tax on the sum of the two.)

    Unlimited liability Yes Yes No
    One owner permitted Yes No


    (A corporation can have one or more owners.)

    Board of Directors No No Yes

    LO3 – Identify and explain the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

    GAAP followed in Canada by PAEs (Publicly Accountable Enterprises) are based on IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). PEs (Private Enterprises) follow GAAP based on ASPE (Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises), a less onerous set of GAAP maintained by the AcSB (Accounting Standards Board). GAAP have qualitative characteristics (relevance, faithful representation, comparability, verifiability, timeliness, and understandability) and principles (business entity, consistency, cost, full disclosure, going concern, matching, materiality, monetary unit, and recognition).

    LO4 – Identify, explain, and prepare the financial statements.

    The four financial statements are: income statement, statement of changes in equity, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. The income statement reports financial performance by detailing revenues less expenses to arrive at net income/loss for the period. The statement of changes in equity shows the changes during the period to each of the components of equity: share capital and retained earnings. The balance sheet identifies financial position at a point in time by listing assets, liabilities, and equity. Finally, the statement of cash flows details the sources and uses of cash during the period based on the three business activities: operating, investing, and financing.

    LO5 – Analyze transactions by using the accounting equation.

    The accounting equation, \(A = L + E\), describes the asset investments (the left side of the equation) and the liabilities and equity that financed the assets (the right side of the equation). The accounting equation provides a system for processing and summarizing financial transactions resulting from a business's activities. A financial transaction is an economic exchange between two parties that impacts the accounting equation. The equation must always balance.

    This page titled 1.7: Summary of Chapter 1 Learning Objectives is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Henry Dauderis and David Annand (Lyryx Learning) .

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