Understanding the High-Low Method

When it comes to cost accounting, the high-low method is an approach that's used to break mixed costs into either a variable or fixed cost. Although it's straightforward, it's important to do multiple analyses because outlier costs from the available data can sometimes misconstrue operating costs. This calculation occurs by looking at the periods with the most and least activity, as well as the total costs for both the high and low periods.In order to get results for the high-low method, the variable cost and the fixed cost must be [...]

2020-05-01T12:00:02-08:00May 1st, 2020|

CARES Act – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

U.S. Government Provides Relief to Individuals, Businesses in Midst of COVID-19 CrisisOn March 27, President Donald Trump signed into law a historic $2 trillion stimulus package designed to provide economic relief to individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Our aim in this alert is to give a brief overview of both the tax and non-tax provisions of the government’s new stimulus legislation, including what type of assistance is available for individuals and businesses, how to apply for it, and what to do if you become unemployed. The summary is [...]

2020-04-01T12:00:02-08:00April 1st, 2020|

4 Common Liquidity Ratios in Accounting

One way a business can manage its books and viability in the near and long terms is to see how liquid its assets are. Businesses that have better cash positions are naturally geared toward sustaining continued success. One important reason for a business to measure and maintain healthy levels of liquidity is because it promotes better odds that a company will be able to satisfy its short-term debts. There are many ways business can accomplish this, and below are four common ways it can be done.  Current RatioOne of the [...]

2020-03-01T12:00:02-08:00March 1st, 2020|

Understanding Four Types of Depreciation

Depreciation is an accounting process where the cost of an asset is accounted for and expensed over its useful life. It shows how the value of the asset decreases over time. Assets that can be depreciated include buildings, fixtures, production equipment, etc. For intangible assets, including many types of intellectual property, this process is called amortization. For commodities mined or harvested from the earth, such as lumber, crude oil or natural gas, this process is called depletion. Here are four common types of depreciation.Straight Line MethodIn order to determine depreciation [...]

2020-02-01T12:00:02-08:00February 1st, 2020|

How to Calculate and Analyze Return on Equity

When it comes to evaluating a business, especially one that is publicly traded, determining its return on equity (ROE) is one way to see how it’s performing.What is Return on Equity?Return on equity is a ratio that gives investors insight into how effectively the company's management team is taking care of the shareholders’ financial investments in the company. The greater the ROE percentage, the better the business' management staff is at making income and creating growth from shareholders’ investments.  How ROE is DeterminedIn order to calculate ROE, a company's net income [...]

2020-01-01T12:00:02-08:00January 1st, 2020|

Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment – and Depreciation

When it comes to determining depreciation for Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E), there are many considerations that exist for accountants and business owners.Defining Furniture, Fixtures and EquipmentFF&E refers to expenses for business items that are not affixed to the building where that business operates. Real world examples of depreciable assets includes chairs, desks, phones, tables, cabinets, etc., which are used to perform business-related tasks, directly or indirectly. These types of items are associated with long-term use generally more than 12 months, according to the Internal Revenue Service.Understanding How It WorksWhen [...]

2019-12-01T12:00:02-08:00December 1st, 2019|

LIFO Versus FIFO and How Each Method Values Inventory

As the name implies, First-In, First-Out (FIFO) is a way for companies to value their inventory. The first items put into inventory or produced by the company are accordingly the first taken out of inventory or transferred to customers and therefore expensed. When it comes to accounting for acquisition and/or production costs, initial and earlier costs are the first to be expensed, with more recent costs staying on the balance sheet to be expensed later.Assume a company already has 200 widgets costing $4/widget. From there, the company increased its inventory [...]

2019-11-01T12:00:02-08:00November 1st, 2019|

When Full Costing Accounting Makes Sense

With more than 1.4 million accounting jobs in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are many different uses for accountants and their skills. With the need for accuracy and transparency in private and public accounting, one important concept to explore is absorption, or full costing.Absorption or full costing is an accounting method that is used by businesses to determine the complete cost of producing products or services.When it comes to calculating the full cost, there are three main categories taken in account:Direct Costs – How much material, [...]

2019-10-01T12:00:02-08:00October 1st, 2019|

Payroll Management Tips

When it comes to an employer's responsibility for non-exempt workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are many requirements businesses must follow related to payroll. In one example, there are strict regulations on what information employers must document for each non-exempt worker. While there's no requirement on how the information is recorded, there are three main categories.Personal details: This should include the employee’s name, complete address, Social Security number, date of birth and gender.Job details: This must include the worker’s job description and hours clocked in each day [...]

2019-09-01T12:00:03-08:00September 1st, 2019|

Understanding and Applying Accounting Reports and Ratios

When it comes to tracking incoming sales and outgoing expenses, there are many ways businesses can keep up with their invoices and implement strategies to reduce the time they spend on unpaid sales.Accounts Receivable Turnover RatioSimply defined, the accounts receivable turnover ratio is a way of showing what percent of a company’s receivables or invoices are paid by clients. The U.S. Small Business Administration explains this ratio is determined by "dividing average accounts receivable by sales." Determining average accounts receivable is done by adding the beginning and ending figures -- be [...]

2019-08-01T12:00:03-08:00August 1st, 2019|