(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Keeping of financial records
1. (act of accounting) accounting, accountance, accountancy, bookkeeping, audit, calculation (See numeration), commercial or business arithmetic; cost or managerial accounting; horizontal or vertical analysis. See money, sale, purchase.
2. (accounting tools) accounts, books, finances, budget, money matters, figures.
3. ledger, journal, daybook, cashbook, petty-cash book, bank book, pass book, checkbook, invoice, balance sheet, general or subsidiary ledger, profit-and-loss statement, accounts-payable or -receivable ledger, sales ledger, spreadsheet, worksheet; numbered account; statement, invoice, bill, manifest.
4. (accounting terms) asset, liability, limited liability; equity, liquidity; credit, debit, deficit; negative or positive cash flow; expenditure (See payment); bill, invoice, statement [of account]; double-entry accounting, rolling or continuous budget; [pencil] footing; fixed costs; balance, [adjusted] trial balance, account, A/C, suspense or T account; credit, debit (See debt); accrual or cash basis method, zero base accounting; net worth; calendar or fiscal year; reconciliation; bottom line; entry, compound entry; debit card; salaried worker, freelance, independent contractor.
5. accountant, bookkeeper, actuary, certified public accountant, CPA, chartered accountant (Brit.); controller, comptroller; auditor, bank examiner; clerk. Informal, number cruncher, bean counter. See inquiry.
1. (do accounting) keep accounts, keep the books, journalize, enter, log, post [up], book, credit, debit, carry over, balance [accounts or the books]; bill, invoice, dun, settle accounts; take stock, take inventory; audit, examine the books; open or close an account or the books; cost out.
2. (steal) falsify or doctor accounts; embezzle (See stealing). Slang, cook the books.
Adjectives — accounting, budgetary; in the black or red.
Quotations — Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world (Lord Justice Harman).
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. recording and interpreting financial accounts bookkeeping, balancing the books, reckoning, crediting and debiting, auditing, computing, calculating, recording.
2. financial statement account, balance sheet, ledger, spreadsheet, accrual, budget, invoice.
account book: ledger, daybook, journal
annual accounting period: calendar year, fiscal year
cheating on records to hide profits: cooking the books
collection of assets after business closes: liquidation
computer program organizing financial data into rows and columns: spreadsheet
decreasing value of asset over time: depreciation
discrepancy corrections: reconciling
ease of converting assets to cash: liquidity
employee pay: payroll
enter a transaction: log
entry of earnings not yet received or of expenses not yet paid: accrual
examination of accounts: audit
examiner of accounts: auditor
expenses greater than income: negative cash flow
expenses less than income: positive cash flow
head accountant of business or government: controller, comptroller
increasing value of asset over time: appreciation
items and property of value: assets
losing money: in the red
making money or realizing net profit: in the black
money owed to creditors: accounts payable, liabilities, outstanding accounts
money to be received: accounts receivable
month by month budget: rolling budget
net profit or loss: bottom line
payout: disbursement
profit and loss statement: P & L
project income and expenses for the year: annualize
pure profit: net
record-keeping method having equal credit for each debit: double-entry accounting
records: books
revenues before costs are deducted: gross
state-licensed accountant: CPA, certified public accountant
total assets minus liabilities: net worth
uncollectable debt: write-off
value of assets beyond what is owed on them: equity
withdrawal of funds by business owner: draw

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