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Accounting Period

1. The period of time reflected in financial statements. Usually, the accounting period is either the calendar year or a quarter. For example, publicly-traded companies must report their financial state for the accounting period since their previous report.

2. In the United Kingdom, the period for which corporate taxes are assessed.

accounting period

accounting period

the time period over which a firm prepares its PROFIT-AND-LOSS ACCOUNT and at the end of which it draws up its BALANCE SHEET. JOINT-STOCK COMPANIES are required by law to prepare ANNUAL REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS for the shareholders. Many firms now prepare quarterly, monthly or even weekly trading accounts to give managers prompt feedback about performance.

Accounting Period

The period (normally 12 months) that a taxpayer uses to determine federal income tax liability. Unless a taxpayer makes a specific choice to the contrary, his accounting period is the calendar year.
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