Accounting / July 19, 2018 / Khloe Santiago
Asset retirement obligation involves the retirement of a tangible, long-lived asset that depends on a future event beyond the control an obligated party. It is an accounting rule and legal obligation meant to account for the cost of returning a piece of property to its original condition. Asset retirement obligation (ARO) is an essential part of producing fair and accurate financial statements so those viewing them can have a better idea of a company's obligations, and therefore its overall value.
The income statement is divided into two parts: operating and non-operating. The operating portion of the income statement discloses information about revenues and expenses that are a direct result of regular business operations. For example, if a business creates sports equipment, it should make money through the sale andor production of sports equipment. The non-operating section discloses revenue and expense information about activities that are not directly tied to a company's regular operations. Continuing with the same example, if the sports company sells real estate and investment securities, the gain from the sale is listed in the non-operating items section.
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