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Stock-taking - These are activities which leads to determine the real state of fixed assets and current assets of the firm and also liabilities in that moment. The purpose of the stock-taking is to check and correct all accounting data as well as to settle the people who were responsible financially for the overseeing property.

Aim of stock-taking

  • gives assurance of the reality of the economic information by bringing consistency of data resulting from the records into conformity with the facts on a specific date,
  • allows for settlement of assets and people responsible for overseeing the property,
  • gives possibility to assess the assets in terms of their economic usefulness.

Stock-taking stages

The activities of stock-taking can be divided into four essential stages:

  • First stage - preparing stock-taking,
  • Second stage - making census of assets,
  • Third stage - includes establishment, verification and settlement of differences in stock-taking,
  • Fourth stage - using the results of the stock-taking to improve methods of assets management.

Some types of stock-taking

  • systematic - it is repeated periodically or constantly in a continuous system,
  • occasional - appears suddenly and is done for a reason (e.g. flood), but also for a special control,
  • emergency - unannounced,
  • full - includes both foreign and own assets,
  • partial - includes only some of the assets,
  • settlement - settled people who are financially responsible for the overseeing property,
  • control - is done for purely inspection and is commissioned by bodies representing the company,
  • review - is used to do a list to review the stock-taking for a particular purpose,
  • annual - is used to determine the taxable income or to make balance and financial result realistic,
  • quarterly - is used in some units to determine taxable income.


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Author: Dorota Dziedzina