Accountants supply information to people both inside and outside the Coeur d’Alene Idaho business by issuing formal reports that are called financial statements.
The financial statements are usually issue at least once a year. In many cases they are issued quarterly or more often where necessary. A set of rules, called General Accepted Accounting Principles GAAP, govern the preparation of the financial statements. GAAP has been defined as a set of objectives, conventions, and principles to govern the preparation and presentation of financial statements. These rules can be found in volumes of documents issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants AICPA, the Financial Accounting Standards Board FASB, the Internal Revenue Service IRS, and the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC.
The basic financial statements include:
- Balance sheet
- Income statement
- Statement of cash flows
- Statement of retained earnings