Close books trashes Income Statement and Net Income on Balance Sheet

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed Feb 10 10:47:15 EST 2010

JT Morée <moreejt at> writes:

> --- On Mon, 2/8/10, Derek Atkins <warlord at MIT.EDU> wrote:
>> If you perform Cash
>> based accounting then you need to apply your Income and
>> Expense when the
>> payment happens, not when you book the invoice/bill. 
>> So in this case
>> the invoice/bill txn does NOT apply to the period in which
>> it is dated.
> I don't see how having a fake/unique/reserved date fixes that problem.  If someone puts invoices in the books on a cash system when sending them there will be skewed data no matter what date it's on.  

The fake date is required for the zeroizing transactions...  No, it
doesn't help converting from accrual based accounting (invoices/bills)
to cash-based accounting, but that's not its purpose here.

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