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The income statement reports a corporation's net income for the period of time indicated in its heading. The income statement is also known as the statement of income, statement of earnings, statement of operations, profit and loss statement, or P&L.
The historical cost principle means that most of the amounts shown on the income statement reflect a corporation's vast number of actual transactions that were recorded by the accounting system. In addition the income statement will include some adjusting entry amounts entered by the accountant in order to comply with the accrual method of accounting.
Revenues are the amounts earned by a corporation through its main activities such as:
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