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Harold Averkamp, CPA, MBA

monetary unit assumption definition

An accounting guideline where the U.S. dollar is assumed to be constant (no change in purchasing power) over time. This allows an accountant to add one dollar from a transaction in 2010 to one dollar in 2024 and to show the result as two dollars. It also means that items that cannot be expressed in dollars do not appear in the financial statements. For example, how would you express on a company’s balance sheet the value of loyal customers or a brilliant, aggressive management team?

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Harold Averkamp

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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