COMPARE / COMPARISON Definition

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COMPARE / COMPARISON is an audit procedure where an auditor observes similarities and differences between items such as an account from one year to the next.

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EQUIPMENT is generally determined by the meeting of three tests: a. Has an acquisition cost that is equal to or more than the cost hurdle for classifying capitalized assets. Includes: Invoice amount, sales tax, freight costs, installation costs, costs for the initial complement of supplies needed to place the asset into service, accessory and auxiliary apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it was acquired; less trade or trade in discounts and/or educational allowances Excludes: Federal Excise tax, duty, insurance, maintenance and warranty costs; and, b. Has a useful life of two or more years If the item will not have a useful life of more than two years it is considered expendable material, even if it costs more than the level for determining a capital asset; and, c. Is a stand alone item. The item is not permanently attached to or integrated into a building or structure.

BILLS PAYABLE, in merchant accounts, are all bills which have been accepted, and promissory notes which have been made, are called "bills payable," and are entered in a ledger account under that name, and recorded in a book bearing the same title.

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