SEVERANCE TAX Definition

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SEVERANCE TAX is levied on production of natural resources taken from land or water bottoms within the territorial boundaries of a state.

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YIELD CURVE, in investments, is a graph depicting the change in yield as it relates to the time to maturity of a fixed income security. A parallel yield curve shift refers to a change in interest rates that is the same at every maturity point along the yield curve, e.g., when short-term rates rise 100 basis points, intermediate and long-term rates also rise 100 basis points.

ALLOWANCE METHOD is the accepted way to account for bad debt. Bad debt expense may be based on the percent of credit sales for the period, an aging of the accounts receivable balance at the end of the period, or some other method, e.g., percent of accounts receivable.

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