Financial decisions are often based on accrual information, including accounts receivable that generate credit sales, inventory production for future sales, and accounts payable that describe contractual obligations. These are not readily visible using cash-only data, so we must adjust from cash to get accrual-like information. With the adjustments, we may understand a company’s economics better when assessing financial performance. Accrual accounting, rather than cash accounting, generates an accrual income — the bottom line we care about.
We will use the adjustment principle and approach the steps necessary to convert from cash to accrual data. By experiencing the practice of taking cash-based accounting data and bringing it closer to accrual information, we can paint a suitable picture for financial decision-making.
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