Accounting Practice


DEFINITION of 'Accounting Practice'

The routine manner in which the day-to-day financial activities of a business entity are gathered and recorded. A firm's accounting practice refers to the method by which its accounting policies are implemented and adhered to on a routine basis, typically by an accountant and/or auditor or a team of accounting professionals.

BREAKING DOWN 'Accounting Practice'

An accounting practice is intended to enforce a firm's accounting guidelines and policies. It exists as the daily recording of financial data that is important to the evaluation and monitoring of the firm's economic activities. Accounting practice refers to the normal, practical application of accounting and/or auditing policies that occurs within a business.

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