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Why are accruals needed every month?

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Harold Averkamp, CPA, MBA

Reasons for Monthly Accruals

Accrual adjusting entries are needed monthly only if a company issues monthly financial statements.

Two reasons for the monthly accrual adjusting entries are:

  • To report the revenues and the related receivables which were earned during the month, but the transactions had not been recorded in the accounts as of the end of the month
  • To record the expenses, losses, and their related liabilities which were incurred during the month, but the transactions had not been recorded in the accounts as of the end of the month

Monthly accruals and deferrals and other adjusting entries must be recorded prior to issuing monthly financial statements in order to comply with the accrual basis of accounting.

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For the past 52 years, Harold Averkamp (CPA, MBA) has worked as an accounting supervisor, manager, consultant, university instructor, and innovator in teaching accounting online. He is the sole author of all the materials on AccountingCoach.com.

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