Year-end physical inventory count instructions

The year-end physical inventory count can be a daunting task for companies that have large amounts of inventory. Having a successful physical inventory count relies heavily on planning, emphasis and direction provided by management. There can be significant ramifications to an unsuccessful inventory count such as recounts of total inventory, material adjustments to accounting records, …

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Carrying value of inventory

A lot of times the cost at which a unit of inventory is being carried at is made up of more than just the cost of materials used to produce the actual item. It often includes other costs which are incurred to get the items in place and ready for sale. Some of these other …

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Cycle counting: an alternative to year-end physical inventory

With the close of 2016, did you question why you do a full physical count every year? Did you wonder if there was a better way to achieve the same result instead of having your employees come in early, stay late, and possibly closing your doors during regular business hours? If your company maintains inventory, …

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Inventory Production – Accounting for Indirect Costs

I often see that indirect costs that are incurred in the production of inventory are not capitalized, especially with smaller companies. Direct labor costs may be captured in the inventory valuation but not always indirect costs. So, what are indirect costs? Indirect costs (or “overhead”) include such items as building/factory rent, utilities, supervisory payroll, payroll …

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Physical Inventory Planning

It’s that time of year when companies need to begin preparing for their year-end inventory counts. The difference between a clean inventory count and one with multiple mistakes is due to a few key steps, which include preparing for the count, determining the method of completing the count, evaluating the counts and correcting the inventory …

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Inventory Reserves

If you are a company that carries inventory, you should most likely have an inventory reserve accounting policy in place. Creating an inventory reserve is a proactive and conservative accounting approach that companies use to prepare for events such as spoilage, theft, obsolescence, and other adverse situations on their inventories. An inventory reserve is a …

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Segregation of Duties: Inventory and Cost of Sales

Back in March, I wrote about Segregation of Duties: Accounts Receivable and Sales. Those were great for reducing the risk of error or fraud within your organization from a sales and accounts receivable stand point.  How are you doing?  The next area to look at is the inventory and cost of sales control activities within …

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Are You Ready for Your Year-end Inventory Count?

It’s one of the most dreaded days of the year for many of you…physical inventory day.  This can be a frustrating and time-consuming process with numerous obstacles, though with the proper planning you can make the physical inventory process run smooth and efficient. Inventory preparation – There is a lot you can do ahead of …

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