FORENSIC ACCOUNTING Definition

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FORENSIC ACCOUNTING provides for an accounting analysis that is suitable to a court of law which will form the basis for discussion, debate and ultimately dispute resolution. Forensic accounting encompasses investigative accounting and litigation support. Forensic accountants utilize accounting, auditing and investigative skills when conducting an investigation. Equally critical is the ability to respond immediately and to communicate financial information clearly and concisely in a courtroom setting.

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SEPARATE VALUATION CONCEPT is a recording and measurement rule that relates to the determination of the aggregate amount of any item. In order to determine the aggregate amount of an asset or a liability, each individual asset or liability that comprises the aggregate must be determined separately. This is important because material items may reflect different economic circumstances. There must be a review of each material item to comply with the appropriate accounting standards.

WORKING CAPITAL DAYS OF NET SALES measures how many days of net revenue are tied up in working capital. It is calculated: Working Capital Days of Net Sales = Working Capital / Net Revenue * 365. Low values tend to show problems in ability to support sales while high values may indicate under-capitalization problems.

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