Table of contents for The everything accounting book / Michele Cagan.

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Chapter 1: Accounting Is More than Numbers
Tracking and Measuring Success
Accounting versus Bookkeeping
Who Uses Accounting Information?
Different Versions for Different Reasons
Who's Who in Accounting
How Accountants Can Help You
Choosing the Right Accounting Professional
Chapter 2: The Basic Accounts
Accounting Starts with Accounts
Understanding Assets
A Look at Liabilities
All About Equity
Revenues, Costs, and Expenses
How the Accounts Connect
Debits and Credits
Chapter 3: Keeping Track of Transactions
What Counts as a Transaction
When to Record Transactions
Setting Up Your Accounts
Meet the General Ledger
The Daily Journals
It's All in the Posting
Checking It Twice
The Accounting Cycle
Chapter 4: Setting Up a System
Get (and Stay) Organized
Software Makes It Simpler
Mapping Out Your Accounting Processes
The Everyday Transactions
Reconciling Your Accounts
What to Keep, What to Toss
Chapter 5: The Accounting Equation
Every Business Has Assets
Breaking Out Asset Categories
A Closer Look at Fixed Assets
Liabilities Are What Your Company Owes
Equity Means Ownership
Assets Equal Liabilities Plus Equity
Chapter 6: Recording Your Revenues
What Are You Selling?
The Basics of Sales Transactions
Develop a Sales Journal
Simple Cash Sales
Selling on Account
Collecting Sales Tax
Dealing with Special Sales Transactions
When a Sale Is Not a Sale
Chapter 7: The Inventory-Cost Connection
Inventory Transforms into Cost of Goods
What Goes into Inventory Costs?
Set Up Your Purchases Journal
Four Ways to Value Inventory
Extra Steps for Manufacturers
Figure Out Cost of Goods Sold
Chapter 8: Standard Operating Expenses
A Look at Expense Categories
What Goes into Selling Costs
Understanding Overhead
All About Depreciation
Don't Forget Amortization
Employees Cause a Lot of Transactions
Recording Expense Transactions
Chapter 9: Managing the Payroll
A Big Pile of Forms
All About Payroll Taxes
Employee Benefits and Bonuses
Calculating Take-Home Pay
Payroll Tax Reporting and Filing
Never Mess Around with Payroll Taxes 
Still Want to Do It Yourself?
Chapter 10: Always Know Your Cash
The Importance of Having Cash
Earning Profits but Out of Cash
The Basics of Cash Flow
Tracking Your Incoming Cash
Recording Your Outgoing Cash
Reconcile Your Bank Statement
What to Do When Cash Runs Low
Chapter 11: Handling Customer Credit
Why Sell on Credit?
Establish Your Credit Policies
Don't Give Credit to Just Anyone
Creating Invoices and Account Statements
Dealing with Collections
Accounting for Accounts Receivable Transactions
Chapter 12: Controlling Purchase Costs
Know What You Want Before You Buy
Choose Your Vendors Wisely
Getting Vendors to Extend Credit
Creating Purchase Orders
Dealing with Purchase Problems
Review Their Invoices
Recording Accounts Payable Transactions
Chapter 13: The End of Period Cleanup
Accounting Periods
The Working Trial Balance
Making Adjusting Entries
Accounting for Accruals
Prelude to Financial Statements
Closing the Books
Chapter 14: Preparing Financial Statements
Three Major Financial Statements
How These Statements Interconnect
The Statement of Profit and Loss
The Balance Sheet
The Statement of Cash Flows
Chapter 15: Different Entities Mean Different Equity
Meet the Business Entities
Which One Is Best for Your Business?
Accounting for Sole Proprietorships
Accounting for Partnership Equity
Distributing Partnership Profits and Losses
The Corporate Equity Section 
Dealing with Dividends 
Chapter 16: The Income Tax Impact
Financial Statements Flow into Tax Returns
Different Income Taxation for Different Entities
Introducing Business Tax Forms
Different Ways to Pay Yourself
Your Payment Strategy Impacts Your Personal Taxes 
Tax Planning Strategies
Chapter 17: The Best Use of Your Financial Statements
What Can Your Statements Tell You?
Vertical and Horizontal Analysis
Calculating Crucial Financial Ratios
Nipping Problems in the Bud
A Basis for Decision-Making
Boosting Profitability and Positive Cash Flow
When You Need Outside Funding
Chapter 18: More Ways Accounting Helps Your Business
Know Your Costs to Set Your Prices
The Break-Even Analysis
Developing Pro Forma Statements
Sticking to a Budget
Financing Major Purchases
Management Accounting
The Importance of Internal Controls
Using Internal Audits to Your Advantage
Chapter 19: Unique Issues for Specific Businesses
Common and Not-So-Common Transactions
Retail Is More than Buying and Selling
Manufacturers Produce Special Transactions
Accounting for Your Home-Based Business
Small High-Tech Companies 
Building Construction Transactions
Chapter 20: Retirement Plans
The Best Tax Shelter
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
SIMPLE Plans 
Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs)
Keogh Plans
Choosing the Right Plan for You
Accounting for Contributions
Chapter 21: Common Small Business Tax Snafus
Don't Be Afraid of the IRS
Employees Versus Contractors
Salaries, Dividends, or Loans?
Tracking Travel Expenses
All About Fringe Benefits 
Keeping Things Separate

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Accounting.