GASB 34 Definition

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GASB 34 is Government Accounting Standards Board Statement 34. GASB 34 provides the broadest changes in government accounting practices since the inception of Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) for governmental agencies dating back to the 1930s. The principal change that GASB 34 requires of government entities is the reporting of the value of capital assets on Consolidated Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).

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CLOSING ENTRY is a journal entry at the end of a period to transfer the net effect of revenue and expense items from the income statement to owners equity.

EMBEZZLEMENT is the fraudulent appropriation and personal use of funds or property entrusted to that persons care but actually owned by someone else, e.g. an employee can embezzle money from his or her employer, a civil servant can embezzle funds from the treasury, or a pastor can embezzle funds from a church. See also THEFT and WHITE COLLAR CRIME.

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