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In this report, I will outline key accounting policies and records for Harrington Books. As Harrington Books is a new company, I am going to try and keep my comments and recommendations as straightforward as possible.

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Harrington Books Sample Solution by Elizabeth LaRegina Report to: Peter Harrington Subject: Accounting Policies and Records for Harrington Books. Introduction In this report, I will outline key accounting policies and records for Harrington Books. As Harrington Books is a new company, I am going to try and keep my comments and recommendations as straightforward as possible. From my perspective, the following are the key users of the financial statements, and their objectives: Peter Harrington - as the owner your concerns centre around tax minimization, internal control and of course, maximizing profit. Bank - since the bank has provided a line of credit to Harrington books, and has taken business assets as collateral, they will also be interested in financial information Manager - since the newly hired manager is on a variable compensation plan with a bonus based on year end profits, he or she will be concerned with how those profits are derived CCRA - the tax authorities will also be interested in the financial information as the basis of fair tax payments by the business. ...read more.

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at the time they are introduced into the business as inventory * the inventory can be revalued at year end * there are no other feasible alternatives. This approach satisfies the objectives of internal control and will likely be acceptable to the tax authorities 2) Lease of Shop Space * shop is leased for two years * this should likely be disclosed to the bank so that they are aware of the arrangement 3) Website Development Costs * the decision needs to be made whether to expense or capitalize the website development costs that have been incurred * these costs have possible long term benefits to HB * the tax authority would probably allow a write off of the costs, which would help reduce taxes payable * however, a better alternative might be to capitalize the costs and write off the costs over a number of years. * the length of time of the contract for web hosting might be a reasonable choice of period for write off. ...read more.

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8) Six Books for a Dollar * the value of the six books sold for a dollar is likely much higher than a dollar * our objective is to match revenues and expenses * the sale can be construed as a single sale of 12 books, and the revenue from the sale needs to be matched with the expenses * a provision needs to be made for those that will not fulfill their promise to purchase the additional six books at regular prices * a note to the financial statements can be used to explain this marketing plan Accounting Records I have also been asked to comment on what accounting records HB should keep. My suggestions include: * the web versus shop records should be kept separately, to a reasonable extent. For example it might make sense to keep separate records of cash receipts and payments. * Inventory accounts for different books, so that flows can be monitored, and slow moving books identified * Periodic inventory counts should be takenMonthly and annual income statement, balance sheet and cahs flow statements. A cash flow forecast might also be valuable in that it could help predict future cash flow needs. ...read more.

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