What is Accrual Accounting?

Accrual accounting is the preferred method of accounting for all business operations. Any publically traded company must comply with the principles of accrual accounting. Small business operations can choose between cash and accrual accounting for their records. Although cash accounting is the easiest to work with as a small business operation, accrual accounting will provide a more accurate picture of the financial status and affairs of any business operation.

Tax Basis of Accounting – Accrual or Cash

Tax Basis of Accounting

This is the most often asked question by all new businesses.  Should I be on the cash or accrual basis of accounting for tax purposes?  The common layman would always answer ‘CASH BASIS’ for tax purposes.  They say this because they understand that you only pay the tax on the cash that you keep.   But for us tax preparers and authorities on this subject, the answer is ‘IT DEPENDS’.

What is Accrual Accounting?

Accrual Accounting

Accrual accounting is the preferred method of accounting for all business operations.  Any publicly traded company must comply with the principles of accrual accounting.  Small business operations can choose between cash and accrual accounting for their records.  Although cash accounting is the easiest to work with as a small business operation, accrual accounting will provide a more accurate picture of the financial status and affairs of any business operation.

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