What is the purpose of the Statement of Cash Flows? Describe the direct method of reporting cash flows from operating activities. Describe the indirect method of reporting cash flows from operating activities. Your post must be 250 words.
Basically, the statement of cash flow is
apprehensive with the cash flow in and out of the business. It grasped both the
existing operating results and the associated balance sheet changes (Helfert, Erich A. 2001). The principal objective cash flows statement is to present information
about cash payments, cash receipts and the overall change
in cash resulting from:
key distinction among the indirect method and direct method is the first portion
of cash flowstatement
named as cash
operating activities. But other two portions are same in the cash
flows reported under head of investing and financing activities. There is no disparity
among them whether used direct or indirect method.
In direct method for making statement
of cash flow reports key classes of gross cash payment and receipts.In this method,
the cash flows from operating activities will include the amounts for lines
such as cash
from customers and cash paid to suppliers. On other hand, the indirect method
will present net income pursued by the required adjustments to switch the total
net income to the amount of cash generated by operating activities. Such adjustments
are needed because net income is computed according to the accrual method, and our
interest is only in cash receipts summarized by disbursements of cash (Helfert, Erich A. 2001).
The direct method must also present
net income reconciliation to the cash generated by operating activities. While under
the indirect method this is automatically done.
A. (2001). "The Nature of Financial Statements: The Cash Flow
Statement". Financial Analysis -
Tools and Techniques - A Guide for Managers. McGraw-Hill. p. 42
Jul 10th, 2014
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