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Professional Issues in Information Technology - Second edition by Frank Bott

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6 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

After studying this chapter, you should understand the nature and purpose of the three most important elements of a company’s annual report:

  • the balance sheet;
  • the profit and loss account;
  • the cash flow statement;

and you should be able to interpret them in straightforward cases.

6.1 DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

The proprietors of limited liability companies are privileged, precisely because their liability is limited – they can lose no more than the money they invested in the company. In return for this privilege, the law requires that, every year, the company produces an annual report, which must be filed at Companies House. The annual report contains information about the company and its activities during the preceding ...

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