What is impairment?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many private companies will be tasked with reviewing certain assets for potential impairment during the year. While companies are required to assess if any impairment of assets had occurred during the year, prior to 2020, this was often done rather casually. However, the impact of COVID-19 on most …

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COVID-19 leads to slow moving and obsolete inventory

Millions of retailers and manufacturers across the nation have dealt with pandemic shutdowns and capacity restrictions that have not only negatively impacted their bottom line, but also led to an increase in the levels of inventory on hand. Depending on the type of inventory, the aged inventory will likely require special attention and analysis to …

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Importance of financial statement ratios

Monthly financial reports are a management way of obtaining a concise overview of the previous month’s financial wellbeing and performance. When reviewing these reports, there are common ratios that can give you insight into your company’s liquidity, financial leverage, and the overall efficiency of assets used, which can help when making future plans and decisions. One of …

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Improving segregation of duties in a small organization

Internal controls should be designed to safeguard assets and help prevent or detect losses from employee dishonesty or error; the owner’s involvement in a small organization is important in maintaining good internal controls. One area of focus should be segregation of duties, which largely means having different people responsible for authorizing transactions or contracts, recording …

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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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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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