What is accounting software?
Accounting software is a type of computer software used by accounting professionals to manage accounts and perform accounting operations.
Accounting is the systematic practice, work, or process of communicating and recording financial information. In a business environment, this is done for internal and external audits, required reports and financial analysis to meet legal or internal management requirements. Accounting can also include a systematic and diversified measurement, classification, verification, summation and interpretation of financial information.
The accounting software can range from simple individual entry programs for individual bookkeeping to more complex systems with two inputs, which, among other functions, enable the processing of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll slips and inventories.
In the UK, accounting software can be called accounting software.
Corporate accounting is heavily regulated and more important than ever as it enables companies to track their financial transactions and get near-instant reporting and analysis. Before accounting software existed, accounting tasks had to be done by hand. By automating these tasks, accounting software reduces the cost of accounting. It also provides more accurate and timely reporting so that companies can better use the information to make financial decisions.
In 2001, several large corporations, including Arthur Anderson, Enron, Quest, WorldCom, and Sunbeam, were embroiled in accounting scandals that defrauded billions in shareholders and resulted in a thorough review of accounting standards, auditing regulations, and corporate accounting practices. This also led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which established new and stricter accounting standards for public companies.
While smaller companies opt for standard accounting software packages, large companies tend to develop customized programs that meet their individual needs.