Accrued Dictionary

Metaphorical definitions of complex accounting terms.

The accounting language is filled with highly technical words and phrases that describe the highly technical job functions of an accountant. The ACCRUED DICTIONARY is a collection of common terms accountants use broken down into easy-to-understand metaphors, jokes, and whimsy. The dictionary cuts through the technical jargon and gives you a metaphorical perspective at what these words mean

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Balance Sheet Reconciliation

So your accountant is talking about “balance sheet reconciliation.” She tells you it means “a balancing of the amount on your balance sheet GL accounts and the details that make up those balances, while ensuring that any differences are adequately and reasonably explained.” Here’s what she really means when she says, “balance sheet reconciliation.”

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Your accountant is collecting all receipts from the year. He says they are a “a written proof of purchase of having received an agreed upon amount of money, goods, services, etc. that can be physical or digital, but should be kept organized because they’re important throughout the year.” Here’s what he really means when he talks about “receipts.”

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Accounts Payable Aging

So your accountant is working on “accounts payable aging.” He says it means “a report that shows what bills you still owe vendors, how overdue they are, and how much you have to pay right now to stay on top of them,” but all you hear is “bills, bills, bills.” This is what your accountant really means when he says the words “accounts payable aging.”

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Bank Statement Reconciliation

So your accountant is talking about “bank statement reconciliation.” He tells you that it means something along the lines of “reconciling bank accounts with financial reports,” “deposits and withdrawals,” and “truing up your transactions,” but all you hear is static. Here’s what he really means when he talks about, “bank statement reconciliation.”

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