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ATA (Accredited Tax Advisor), in the US, is a national credential conferred by Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation to professionals who handle sophisticated tax planning issues, including ownership of closely held businesses, qualified retirement plans and complicated estates.

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COST ALLOCATION is the assignment to each of several particular cost-centers of an equitable proportion of the costs of activities that serve all of them, i.e. shared cost pools.

LEVERAGE RATIOS measures the relative contribution of stockholders and creditors, and of the firms ability to pay financing charges. Value of firms debt to the total value of the firm.

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