NORMATIVE ACCOUNTING THEORY Definition

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NORMATIVE ACCOUNTING THEORY is where theorists tend to advocate their opinions on accounting based upon subjective opinion, deductive logic, and inductive methods. In the final analysis, nearly all standards are based upon normative theory. Generally conclude that some accounting rule is better or worse than its alternatives. Normative theorists tend to rely heavily upon anecdotal evidence (e.g., examples of fraud) that generally fails to meet tests of academic rigor. For example, the Wizard reported that Montgomery Ward would fail. However, the Wizard always reports that every company will fail or lose its self identity in a pattern of acquisitions and mergers. Eventually, he will always be correct.

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REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE (RAN) is a note sold by mu­nicipalities as a temporary financing pending the arrival of certain revenues, which are then used to payoff the note. Usually the income on these notes is exempt from federal income taxes.

DOUBLE DECLINING BALANCE DEPRECIATION see DECLINING BALANCE DEPRECIATION METHOD.

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