Revenue Recognition and a Matching Concept

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Revenue Recognition & Matching Concept
Part I
Revenue recognition is a significant issue in accounting because of integrity and fairness in the financial statements that are depended upon by investors, creditors, and other financial statement users. When revenue is not properly recognized in financial statements, material misstatements can occur, which misleads users. Even though the matching principle is not the same as revenue recognition, it is related in the sense of matching expenses spent to revenues earned from the expenses, or revenues to expenses that generated the revenues.
Revenue recognition is a primary cause of financial statement restatements, are related to fraudulent behavior, cause market value and capitalization drops, and cause higher enforcement efforts to ensure fairness and integrity in financial statements (Kieso, Weygandt, & Warfield, 2008). Most fraud cases that involve company executives involve revenue recognition is some manner, whether to steal company money and hide the actions or in efforts to meet financial analysts expectations to maintain stock prices and still maintain job positions and bonuses. Each case has led to material misstatements where financial statements had to be restated with SEC, caused market and capitalization drops for the companies, and caused higher enforcement efforts by SEC. And, each case has effected financial statement users and has caused uncertainties in minds of investors, which compromise the companies. When
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