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Praise for 1st Edition of Accounting For Dummies® "Essential reading for all of us who want to manage our business finances effectively." —Mary Metcalfe, Partner, Envirocomm Communications "[Tracy] has an uncanny knack for explaining complicated accounting and financial material." —G. Dale Meyer, Professor, College of Business, University of Colorado "A wealth of practical information on understanding how to manage budgets." — Jack Rudolph, Retired President, Colorado Community First National Bank

Find out how to improve your profits and control costs

Get a better grip on stock options and earnings per share Whether you're a small business owner, a manager with budget responsibilities, or just want to understand your 401(k) statements, this friendly guide helps you get a handle on all those columns of numbers — and shows how you can use accounting and financial reports to control business costs, minimize taxes, and maximize profits.

Discover how to: Make sense of bookkeeping basics Read a financial statement Manage budgets for a better bottom line Analyze business strengths and weaknesses Evaluate accounting methods and business structures

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Author Biography: John A. Tracy, CPA, a former staff accountant at Ernst & Young, taught accounting at the University of Colorado for many years. His other books include the 250,000 copy bestseller, How to Read a Financial Report.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764553141
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/9/2001
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Tracy, CPA, is Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. A former staff accountant at Ernst & Young, Tracy has authored numerous books on accounting.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
PART I: Accounting Basics.
Chapter 1: Introducing Accounting to Non-Accountants.
Chapter 2: Bookkeeping 101: From Shoeboxes to Computers.
Chapter 3: Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes.
Chapter 4: Accounting and Your Personal Finances.
PART II: Getting a Grip on Financial Statements.
Chapter 5: Profit Mechanics.
Chapter 6: The Balance Sheet from the Income Statement Viewpoint Chapter 7: Cash Flows and the Cash Flow Statement.
Chapter 8: Getting a Financial Report Ready for Prime Time.
PART III: Accounting in Managing a Business.
Chapter 9: Managing Profit Performance.
Chapter 10: Business Budgeting.
Chapter 11: Choosing the Right Ownership Structure.
Chapter 12: Cost Conundrums.
Chapter 13: Choosing Accounting Methods.
PART IV: Financial Reports in the Outside World.
Chapter 14: How Investors Read a Financial Report.
Chapter 15: CPAs: Auditors and Advisors.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Ways Savvy Business Managers Use Accounting.
Chapter 17: Ten Questions Investors Should Ask When Reading a Financial Report.
Appendix A: Glossary: Slashing through the Accounting Jargon Jungle.
Appendix B: Accounting Software.
index.
Book Registration information.
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