How is a change in estimate accounted for in a company’s financial statements?
Changes in estimates, such as the estimated useful like for a tangible asset or the bad debt allowance percentage, are accounted for on a prospective basis. This means that the current and future financial statements must reflect the change, but the company does not need to change historical periods.
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