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What is the accounting equation? The balance sheet reports financial position from which two perspectives?

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State the meaning of accounting equation and describe the two perspectives under which the balance sheet reports financial position.

Explanation

Accounting equation:

Accounting equation is an accounting tool expressed in the form of equation, by creating a relationship between the resources or assets of a company, and claims on the resources by the creditors and the owners.

Accounting equation is expressed as shown below:

Assets = Liabilities + Owners’ equity (Common stock+ Retained earnings)

 The two perspectives under which the balance sheet reports financial position are as follows:

  • “Specific resources controlled by the company”
  • “Claims by the persons or entities on the company” who provided the resources, including the creditors and lenders (liabilities) and investors (shareholders’ equity).

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