REASONABLE ASSURANCE Definition

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REASONABLE ASSURANCE, in internal control, is the fact that internal controls, no matter how well designed and operated, cannot guarantee that an entity’s objectives will be met because of inherent limitations in all internal control systems.

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BUSINESS ENTITY PRINCIPLE is where the business is seen as an entity separate from its owner(s) that keeps and presents financial records and prepares the final accounts and financial statements. The accounting is kept for each entity as a whole (groups of companies must present consolidated accounts and consolidated financial statements).

INCLUDIBLE COMPENSATION is defined in section 403(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code as compensation, received from a qualifying employer by an employee, which is includible in the employees gross income for the most recent period which may be counted as 1 year of service. In this connection, section 1.403(b)-1(e)(1) of the regulations provides that for purposes of computing an employees exclusion allowance for a taxable year, such employees includible compensation in respect of such taxable year means the amount of compensation which is includible in his gross income.

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