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Governmental Accounting Made Easy / Edition 2

Governmental Accounting Made Easy / Edition 2

by Warren Ruppel


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ISBN-13: 9780470411506
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/26/2009
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 284,881
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Warren Ruppel, CPA, is the author of four Wiley accounting publications, including Wiley GAAP for Governments. He is a partner in the Nonprofit and Government Services Group of Marks Paneth & Shron LLP in New York. He began his career at KPMG in 1979 and joined Deloitte & Touche in 1989 to specialize in audits of not-for-profit organizations and governments. Mr. Ruppel has served as the chief financial officer of an international not-for-profit organization and as the Assistant Comptroller for Accounting of The City of New York, where he was responsible for all aspects of the City's accounting and financial reporting.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction and Background.

What Are Generally Accepted Accounting Principles?

Who Sets Generally Accepted Accounting Principles forGovernments?

Do Governments Need to Comply with Generally Accepted AccountingPrinciples?

Why Is Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Differentfrom Commercial and Not-for-Profit Accounting and FinancialReporting?

To What Entities Do Governmental Generally Accepted AccountingPrinciples Apply?

Chapter 2 Basic Governmental Accounting Concepts.

Understanding the Different Bases of Accounting.

Understanding What Measurement Focuses Are Used byGovernments.

Defining and Understanding the Nature of Assets.

Defining and Understanding the Nature of Liabilities.

Defining and Understanding the Nature of Net Assets.

Chapter 3 Understanding Fund Accounting.

Fund Fundamentals.

Governmental Funds.

Proprietary Funds.

Fiduciary Funds.

Chapter 4 Basics of Governmental FinancialStatements.

General-Purpose Financial Statements.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis.

The Basic Financial Statements.

Required Supplementary Information.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Chapter 5 Understanding the Reporting Entity.


Accountability Focus.

Financial Reporting Entity Defined.

Display of Component Units.

Chapter 6 Revenues from Nonexchange Transactions.

Classes of Nonexchange Transactions.

Accounting Requirements.

Property Taxes.

Income and Sales Taxes, and Other Derived Tax Revenues.

Adjustments for the Accrual Basis of Accounting.

Grants and Other Financial Assistance.

Chapter 7 Capital Assets.

Where Are Capital Assets Recorded in the FinancialStatements?

Recording and Valuing Capital Assets.

Understanding Depreciation.

Using the Modified Approach in Lieu of DepreciatingInfrastructure Assets.

The Basics of Capitalized Interest.

Capital Assets Resulting from Capital Lease Transactions.

Intangible Assets.

Impairments of Capital Assets.

Chapter 8 Accounting for Pensions and Other PostemploymentBenefits.

Requirements for Defined Benefit Pension and OPEB Plans.

Calculation of the ARC.

Parameters for Actuarial Calculations, Including the ARC.

Net Pension or OPEB Obligation.

Recording Pension- and OPEB-Related Assets, Liabilities, andExpenditures/Expenses.

Pension and OPEB Disclosures.

Employers with Defined Contribution Plans.

Chapter 9 Sundry Accounting Topics.

Accounting for Investments.

Reporting Unrealized Gains or Losses.

Investment and Deposit Disclosures.

Compensated Absence Accruals.

Landfill Closure and Postclosure Care Costs.

Derivatives, Including Interest Rate Swaps.

Securities Lending Transactions.

Chapter 10 Upcoming Developments in GovernmentalAccounting.

Pension (and OPEB) Accounting—Revisited.


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