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Amortization

A form of expensing a non physical asset over a reasonable life expectancy of this investment. Examples include start-up expenses, copyright purchase, patent issues, and goodwill.

EBITDA

02/03/2017

EBITDA is an acronym for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.   The value is generally known as operational profit before capital expenditures and tax obligations.   EBITDA is frequently used for estimating value of [...]

Bookkeeping – Schedules (Lesson 23)

01/18/2017

In accounting there are books (journals) and ledgers for source entry of information.  A trial balance is used to monitor the types of accounts.   With the use of parent-child accounts and control accounts bookkeepers can generate a wide array of [...]

Amortization of Financing Costs

01/11/2017

When a business acquires a loan there are typically closing costs involved.   Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) require these costs to be amortized (allocated) over the life of the loan.  There are several principles the reader [...]

Hospitality Industry Characterized by High Fixed Costs

07/07/2015

There is one unique financial characteristic that is synonymous with the hospitality industry; that is high fixed costs.  Or another way of stating the same financial attribute is to simply state that the hospitality industry has low variable [...]

Tangible and Intangible – Business Definitions and Use

11/03/2014

Tangible and intangible are terms with several different meanings.  A lot of well educated folks have a difficult time providing an all inclusive definition.  Someone once described tangible as ‘something that can be burned’.  Well, land is [...]

Hobbies – Business Perspective and Tax Compliance

02/08/2014

Many people turn their hobbies into a business function.  Not so much to make a living or make big profits, but more to help offset the costs of the hobby.  Whenever you go to one of those community fairs, the vendors at the respective booths are [...]

The Various Forms of Depreciation

02/22/2013

There are various forms of depreciation used in the small business world.  In general, depreciation is not required but it is advisable.  So a small business owner should understand depreciation and the various forms of how to calculate the [...]

What is Amortization?

01/15/2013

There are three methods of expensing an asset to the income statement.  The most common method is depreciation for fixed assets.  Mining, oil, and natural resource operations use depletion (amount removed versus the estimated volume on hand).  [...]

The Definition of Fixed Assets

01/05/2013

Any tangible item not consumed within one accounting cycle (typically a year) and providing long term utility is referred to as a Fixed Asset.  Traditional images include manufacturing equipment, tools, transportation vehicles, buildings and [...]

Stability of Historical Earnings

01/04/2013

No other element of the Multiply Discretionary Income Formula has as much weighted value as the historical earnings of the company.  Every knowledgeable business entrepreneur, accountant, lawyer, broker, you name them; they look for this [...]
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