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Definition of

accounting concept


accepted basis for preparing accounts any of the general assumptions on which accounts are prepared. The main concepts are: that the business is a going concern; that revenue and costs are noted when they are incurred and not when cash is received or paid; that the present accounts are drawn up following the same principles as the previous accounts; and that the revenue or costs are only recorded if it is certain that they will be received or incurred.

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Definitions of ’accounting concept’ and meaning of ’accounting concept’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’accounting concept’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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