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Governmental GAAP Guide, 2008 (Miller Governmental Gaap Guide)

Governmental GAAP Guide discusses all the promulgated accounting principles applicable to financial reporting by state and local governments. It delivers a thorough analysis of GASB Statements, GASB Interpretations, GASB Technical Bulletins, NCGA Statements, NCGA Interpretations and certain AICPA Statements of Position, as well as Auditing and Accounting Guides. Everything has been analyzed and restated in plain English and is supported by timesaving examples and illustrations. The Guide alerts readers to and discusses financial accounting and reporting standards necessary to prepare the basic external financial statements of a governmental entity. (A companion publication, Governmental GAAP Practice Manual, illustrates how governmental financial statements are prepared based on the standards established by GASB-34 and beyond.) The Governmental GAAP Guide is organized into six main sections. The first section, Basic Governmental Accounting Concepts and Standards, describes the fundamental concepts and principles that provide the foundation for financial reporting by governmental entities. Governmental Accounts and Transactions--Government-Wide Financial Statements, Fund Financial Statements, and Fiduciary Financial Statements covers specific accounting and reporting standards. The next three sections discuss fund reporting by (1) governmental funds, (2) proprietary funds, and (3) fiduciary funds. Accounting and reporting standards for public colleges and universities as mandated by GASB-34 are described in the section, Reporting by Special Purpose Governments. To facilitate research, major topics in the text are cross-referenced to the pertinent paragraphs of the original pronouncements. Illustrations, figures and paragraphs called "Observations" demonstrate and clarify specific accounting principles. The Guide also includes a cross-reference to the original pronouncements and a detailed topical index. This year's edition is current through GASB-50.