What is the purpose of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the accounting cycle? Is it possible to deviate from GAAP and the accounting cycle and still prepare financial statements? Why? What are some possible consequences of this course of action?
What organizations are responsible for governing financial reporting? What is the role of each organization? How have the roles changed in the last 20 years? How might their roles change in the next 20 years?
Distinguish between cash-basis accounting and accrual basis accounting. Why is accrual-basis accounting acceptable for most business enterprises and the cash-basis unacceptable in the preparation of an income statement and a balance sheet?