Difference between bookkeeping and accounting


Bookkeeping vs accounting (comparison)

Bookkeeping and accounting are both important parts of managing your finances. At first glance, the two can seem quite similar, but there are a few main differences. Bookkeeping focuses on recording and organising financial data. Accounting is the interpretation and presentation of that data to business owners and investors.

Bookkeeping typically consists of:

  • payroll

  • invoicing

  • receipts and bills

  • recording business transactions
     

Accounting typically consists of:

  • financial statements and reports

  • budgets

  • tax returns

  • analysing business performance
     

The tasks that bookkeepers and accountants do vary between businesses. Bookkeepers working for smaller businesses might do some basic accounting duties. There’s often overlap, and the duties may change a lot from one business to another.

 

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