Ensuring that your business thrives involves plenty of accounting work. For example, you might not have enough staffers to fill out an HR division. So let’s suppose that you (or an immediate subordinate or business partner) serves as the payroll overseer. You’ll have to decide between cash accounting and its accrual counterpart. Since accrual accounting is less well-known, we can begin our discussion there.
A Glimpse at Accrual Accounting
Accrual accounting is actually quite simple: whenever goods or services are delivered you can consider the invoice to be usable revenue. This principle holds true even if you don’t receive payment right away. Likewise, the expenses you incur should appear on your balance sheet around the same time as you receive the other end of the transaction (goods and services) even if you don’t pay for them immediately. The entire process can be confusing, especially for fledgling business owners who don’t have a very wide network of accountants and other logistical support professionals just yet.
A Look at Cash Accounting
So now we can examine the basis of cash accounting. Although it’s easy to assume that this form of accounting can only rely on physical money, that’s a common misconception. In reality, it hinges on how the funds actually move. Put more simply, you receive income once invoices are paid, and so forth. When you pay your bills, that counts as an expense; the money is only valid once it arrives in your bank account or departs for someone else’s.
We understand that accounting can be a difficult task to accomplish. That’s why we consider our expertise to be invaluable, and it’s why so many of our clients can benefit from our assistance. Ultimately, the type of accounting management system you choose will have a large impact on paying taxes. With accrual accounting active, you could potentially be taxed on money you don’t have on hand yet. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen to use cash accounting, then this is less of a concern. After all, the taxes are only applied after the money is yours. Please note that larger companies are held to stricter standards by the IRS than small agencies – if you bring in over $1 million yearly, then the IRS stipulates that you must use accrual accounting methods.
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