Accounting Principles for Lawyers (Law Practitioner Series) by Peter Holgate

By Peter Holgate

Many attorneys, in particular these facing advertisement concerns, have to comprehend accounting but consider on shaky floor within the quarter. This publication is written in particular for them. It breaks down and makes transparent simple strategies (such because the distinction among revenue and money flow), the accounting career and the criminal and regulatory framework in which accounting operates. The suitable provisions of the firms Act 1985 are mentioned at a few size. Holgate explains quite often approved accounting ideas within the united kingdom (GAAP), the rage in the direction of international harmonisation and the position of overseas accounting criteria. He then offers with particular parts resembling crew debts, acquisitions, tax, rentals, pensions, monetary tools, and realised earnings, focusing in each one case on these features which are more likely to confront attorneys of their paintings. This ebook will attract the final practitioner in addition to to attorneys operating in company, advertisement, and tax legislation.

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For many years, there used to be a treatment, permitted by accounting standards, of writing off purchased goodwill to reserves on acquisition, and this was not regarded as being contrary to the formats. Accounting standards no longer permit this treatment for new acquisitions. r Accounting standards place a further layer of detail on the formats. Examples include: r FRS 5 introduces a ‘linked presentation’ under which certain liabilities are deducted directly from certain assets. r FRS 9 requires a ‘gross equity’ presentation for joint ventures, again requiring additional detail to be provided beyond what is required under the formats.

Following the report of the Dearing Committee (‘The making of accounting standards’, Report of the Review Committee (London: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, 1988)) a new structure was put in place from 1990. 1. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) oversees the structure and adds support from business, the profession, other regulators and government. The Accounting Standards Board is the principal standard-setter. The UITF is a committee of the ASB, which develops Abstracts; these are rulings that form part of UK GAAP but which deal with narrower issues than are the subject of accounting standards.

In yet other countries the influence came from the tax system. The existence of different national GAAPs mattered relatively little until gradually business started to become more international in its nature. In the late 1960s and the early 1970s the need for harmonisation was increasingly seen and, in 1973, the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) was formed. It started to develop IASs and over the twenty-seven years of its existence it became more and more important and influential.

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