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CONTROL ACCOUNT Definition
CONTROL ACCOUNT is a summary account in the General Ledger that is supported by detailed individual accounts in a subsidiary ledger. See CREDITORS CONTROL ACCOUNT, DEBTORS CONTROL ACCOUNT, and STOCK CONTROL ACCOUNT.
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ACCOUNTING THEORY tries to describe the role of accounting and is composed of four types of accounting theory: classical inductive theories, income theories, decision usefulness theories, and information economics / agency theories: a. Classical inductive theories are attempts to find the principles on which current accounting processes are based; b. Income theories try to identify the real profit of an organization; c. Decision usefulness theories attempt to describe accounting as a process of providing the relevant information to the relevant decision makers; and, d. The information economics / agency theories of accounting see accounting information as a good to be traded between rational agents each acting in their own self-interest.
ALLOWANCE FOR BAD DEBTS is an account established to record a subtraction from ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE, to allow for those accounts that will not be paid.