Discussion Assignment: Financial Accounting

Financial Condition 

For this discussion, assume the role of a financial manager in a company, and assume that you have just hired a new bookkeeper to join your team. You want to assess the new hire’s understanding of the accounting processes as a whole, so you decide to ask a series of questions. Select three of the six questions listed below to ask your new bookkeeper, and describe the response you expect to hear:

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o Define the accounting cycle. 

o Explain the revenue principle and its implication on the financial statements. 

o Define the matching principle and why it is critical in the preparation of the accrual-based financial statements. 

o Compare and contrast a prepaid account and a deferred account. Give an example of each and how each affects the financial statements.
 
o Define and differentiate between the purpose of a journal entry, an adjusting entry, and a closing entry. 

o Define the difference between a trial balance and a post-closing trial balance.

Resources 

o Discussion Participation Scoring Guide

Studies  
Readings  

In your Financial Accounting textbook, read: see attachment below.

◦Chapter 3, “Operating Decisions and the Income Statement,” pages 98–131. 

◦Chapter 4, “Adjustments, Financial Statements, and the Quality of Earnings,” pages 160–191.

Libby, R., Libby, P. A., & Short, D. G. (2014). Financial accounting (8th ed.) [Custom text bundle]. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781259329029.

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