BIG BATH Definition

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BIG BATH is a business strategy in which a company manipulates its income statement to make poor results look even worse. Strategy being that the following year will show significant improvement. Big bath is sometimes employed by new CEOs to make their first years results more impressive by employing big bath accounting to prior year results.

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ACCUMULATED ADJUSTMENT ACCOUNT (AAA) under Section 1368(e)(1) of the IRS Code provides that the term 'accumulated adjustment account' (AAA) means an account of the S corporation which is adjusted for the S period in a manner similar to the adjustments under 1367 (except that no adjustment shall be made for income (and related expenses) which is exempt from tax under title 26 and the phrase '(but not below)' shall be disregarded in 1367(b)(2)(A)) and no adjustment shall be made for Federal taxes attributable to any taxable year in which the corporation was a C corporation.

GENERAL ACCOUNTING involves the basic principles, concepts and accounting practice, recording, financial statement preparation, and the use of accounting information in management.

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