Builder's Guide to Accounting

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Are you a builder, not an accountant? Can you manage your crews better than your accounts receivable? Is your time better spent at the jobsite than at a desk piled with accounting ledgers? If so, then this book is for you. It's a comprehensive, completely revised and updated guide to construction accounting. It tells, step-by-step, and in plain English, how to choose, set up and maintain an appropriate, efficient, and practical bookkeeping system for your construction business. This book will prove invaluable for students studying for contractor's license exams, teachers of contractor's license preparation courses, self-employed builders & construction contractors, and developers. You won't find incomprehensible economics/accounting theory here. You get straightforward, practical information and advice on how to: build a customized accounting system from the ground up, set up an easy-to-use depreciation system that complies with IRS rules; keep records of job costs, do trend analysis & budgeting; handle sales & accounts receivable; set bad debt procedures; manage payroll, materials & inventory; prepare financial statements - when, how, which & why; maintain ledgers and balance sheets; and close the books. For students and teachers, or builders who want to check their understanding as they go along, this new edition includes a self-test section at the end of each chapter.

Step-by-step guidelines for setting up and maintaining a record keeping system for your building business, with state and federal requirements. Many charts, forms, diagrams included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910460651
  • Publisher: Craftsman Book Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/1989
  • Pages: 302

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Sales and Accounts Receivable 5
1 Why Keep Records? 7
2 Accounting Methods 21
3 Cash and Charge Sales 33
4 Managing Receivables 47
5 Bad Debt Procedures 55
6 Sales Records and Cash Budgeting 63
7 Sales Planning 69
8 Planning for Profits 75
Sect. 2 Costs and Expenses 83
9 Check Writing and Recording 85
10 Accounting for Materials 103
11 Payroll Accounting 113
12 Overhead Expenses 129
13 Equipment Records 143
14 Cash Budgeting 161
15 Cost and Expense Records 173
16 Accounting for Costs and Expenses 181
17 Petty Cash Funds 191
18 Balancing the Checking Account 197
19 Accounting for Estimates 205
Sect. 3 Financial Statements 213
20 Recording Before the Event 215
21 Financial Statements 223
22 Using Financial Information 233
23 Financial Ratios 239
24 Putting Together a Statement 247
25 Comparative Period Statement 257
26 Restatements by Accounting Methods 267
27 Statements by Job 273
28 Statements for Loan Applications 281
Appendix 289
Index 315
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