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  • revenue recognition

    Revenue recognition is a tenet of corporate financial management that defines when a company officially accounts for revenue. 

  • profit and loss statement (P&L)

    A profit and loss statement (P&L), also known as an income statement, is a financial report that shows a company's revenues and expenses over a given period of time, usually a fiscal quarter or year. 

  • earnings season

    Earnings season is the period following a fiscal quarter or fiscal year, when most publicly-traded companies report their financial results. The fiscal year of most corporations follows the calendar year so, for the common first quarter, which runs J... 

  • quiet period

    A quiet period is a measure of time during which corporate insiders are restricted from disclosing information relative to the performance or prospective performance of a company before that information is made public. Quiet periods are mandated in c... 

  • SEC Form 10-K

    SEC Form 10-K is the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s form for the annual performance filings of public companies. According to SEC regulations, all publicly-traded companies must submit a 10-K for each fiscal year, due within 75 da... 

  • SEC Form 10-Q

    SEC Form 10-Q is the Securities and Exchange Commission’s form for the quarterly performance filings of public companies. According to SEC regulations, all publicly-traded companies must submit a 10-Q for each of the first three fiscal quarters in th... 

  • fiscal quarter

    A fiscal quarter is one of the four three-month periods that make up an organization’s fiscal year. Fiscal quarter is abbreviated as Q and combined with dates to identify the specific period. For example, the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 might be ab... 

  • fiscal year

    A fiscal year is the twelve-month period that an organization uses for budgeting, forecasting and reporting. Although many organizations follow the calendar year, a fiscal year can start at any point in the year and end 12 months later. The fiscal y... 

  • financial controller

    A financial controller, also referred to as financial comptroller, is a senior-level executive who usually reports to an organization's chief financial officer (CFO). 

  • financial reporting

    Financial reporting is the process of producing the reports, called statements, that disclose an organization's financial status to management, investors and the U.S. federal government. 

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About Financial Reporting and Compliance

Implementing financial reporting software requires careful attention to regulatory compliance and reporting standards. In this section, learn how companies can use financial reporting software to create more accurate financial reports and statements. Find out how financial reporting software enables more efficient profit and loss analysis and read more about how systems handle GAAP financial reporting and international financial reporting standards (IRFS) reporting. Get tips for selecting the right financial reporting system for your organization.