Accounting Period


  • The period of time used for the preparation and settling of accounting books or financial statements. Most accounting periods are twelve months, but the International Financial Reporting Standards also allows for the use of 52 weeks.

financial period


Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Accounts Payable (AP, A/P) Acronym,
    • Money owed by a business for goods and services received.
  • Accounts Receivable (A/R, AR) Acronym, Important,
    • Money owed to a business by purchasers of goods and/or services.
  • Business (busn) Abbreviation,
    • A company, either for-profit or non-profit.
    • Commercial, industrial or professional activities undertaken by an entity.
    • Economic activities of a given type.
  • Cash Flow Definition,
    • The money an investment produces after subtracting cash expenses from income.
  • Expense Definition,
    • Costs incurred through a business's operations.
  • Fixed Assets (FA) Acronym, Important,
    • Assets like machinery, land, buildings, or property used in operating a business that will not be consumed or converted into cash during the current accounting period.
  • Loss Definition,
    • When expenses are larger than revenues.
  • Profit Definition,
    • When revenues exceed expenses.
  • Revenue Definition,
    • Money earned by a company from its business activities.
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