Intermediate Accounting,
4th Edition

James M. Wahlen, Jefferson P. Jones, Donald Pagach

ISBN-13: 9780357905708
Copyright 2024 | Published
1472 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

Today's financial accounting is continuously changing. Now, you have a resource to help you understand the importance of accounting information and how that information is critical to others in business today with Wahlen/Jones/Pagach's INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING, 4E. Positive examples and cases from familiar companies, such as Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Apple, Louis Vuitton and Nestlé, reinforce the book's unique, approachable perspective. You see the power of financial accounting information for investors, creditors and other stakeholders. This edition's in-depth coverage also clearly addresses the latest accounting standards. This edition works closely with the online learning platform CNOWv2 to help you manage the rigor and time requirements of today's intermediate accounting course, and its learning tools help you master key concepts. In addition, algorithmic homework exercises allow you to solve multiple versions of exercises to build confidence and expertise.


1. The Demand for and Supply of Financial Accounting Information.
2. Financial Reporting: Its Conceptual Framework.
3. Review of a Company’s Accounting System.
4. The Balance Sheet and the Statement of Shareholders’ Equity.
5. The Income Statement and the Statement of Cash Flows.
Time Value of Money Module.
6. Cash and Receivables.
7. Inventories: Cost Measurement and Flow Assumptions.
8. Inventories: Special Valuation Issues.
9. Current Liabilities and Contingent Obligations.
10. Property, Plant, and Equipment: Acquisition and Subsequent Investments.
11. Depreciation, Depletion, Impairment, and Disposal.
12. Intangibles.
13. Investments and Long-Term Receivables.
14. Financing Liabilities: Bonds and Long-Term Notes Payable.
15. Contributed Capital.
16. Retained Earnings and Earnings Per Share.
17. Advanced Issues in Revenue Recognition.
18. Accounting for Income Taxes.
19. Accounting for Post-Retirement Benefits.
20. Accounting for Leases.
21. The Statement of Cash Flows.
22. Accounting for Changes and Errors.
Appendix A: Starbucks Financial Statements (full report).
Appendix B: List of the Official Pronouncements of the AICPA and FASB.
Appendix C: List of the Official Pronouncements of the IASB.
Appendix D: Brief Guide to Key Differences Between IFRS and GAAP by Chapter.

  • James M. Wahlen

    James M. Wahlen is the James R. Hodge Chair of Excellence, professor of accounting, former chair of the accounting department, and the former chair of the M.B.A. program at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Dr. Wahlen received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, INSEAD and Sungkyunkwan University. Dr. Wahlen’s teaching and research interests focus on financial accounting, financial statement analysis and the capital markets. He investigates financial statements analysis, testing the extent to which earnings and other financial statement information can predict future stock returns, earnings quality and earnings management, earnings volatility as an indicator of risk, fair value accounting for financial instruments and accounting for loss reserve estimates by banks and insurers. His research has been published in a wide array of academic and practitioner journals in accounting and finance. He has public accounting experience in both Milwaukee and Seattle and is a member of the American Accounting Association. Dr. Wahlen has received numerous teaching awards during his career. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, spoiling his adorable granddaughters, playing outdoor sports (biking, hiking, skiing, golf), cooking (and, of course, eating), and listening to rock music (especially if it is loud and live).

  • Jefferson P. Jones

    Jefferson P. Jones is the PricewaterhouseCoopers associate professor of accounting at Auburn University. He received his bachelor’s and master of accountancy degrees from Auburn University and his Ph.D. in accounting from Florida State University. While earning his CPA, he worked for Deloitte & Touche. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Master of Accountancy Professor Award, the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teaching Award (six times), the Auburn University College of Business McCartney Teaching Award, and the Auburn University School of Accountancy Teaching Award. In addition to writing an intermediate accounting text, he has published articles in Advances in Accounting, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, International Journal of Forecasting, The CPA Journal, Managerial Finance, Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, and The Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. Jones has made numerous presentations around the country on research and pedagogical issues. He is a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Alabama Society of CPAs (ASCPA).

  • Donald Pagach

    Dr. Donald P. Pagach is Professor of Accounting at the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University and his B.A. and M.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests focus on financial accounting and enterprise risk management, with a specific focus on forecasting and financial statement analysis. He has published articles in numerous journals, including Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, and The CPA Journal. Dr. Pagach has been named as a University Outstanding Teacher and has received awards for his research on Enterprise Risk Management. Previously, Dr. Pagach taught at Louisiana State University, and he also gained public accounting experience working for Coopers and Lybrand as an auditor. He holds a CPA certificate in the state of North Carolina and is a member of the American Accounting Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In 2017 he was named the chair of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Examinations Committee for the AICPA, which oversees the CPA exam. Dr. Pagach is married, has three children, and enjoys traveling, especially if the trip includes a beach.

  • CASES AND EXAMPLES PROVIDE SUPERIOR CONTEXT AND ENCOURAGE CRITICAL THINKING. A continuing case features Clorox, while examples from other highly recognizable companies, such as Coca-Cola, help students understand why accounting information is important. Students also gain a better understanding of the implications that accounting information holds for today's financial statement users.

  • CNOWv2 HELPS ELEVATE STUDENT THINKING. Powerful digital content addresses each stage of the learning process, from motivation to mastery. CNOWv2 motivates and prepares students to learn with practice opportunities that better equip them for the exam and success in the course. Carefully crafted tools assist students in making connections and seeing the big picture.

  • "REAL REPORTS" MOTIVATE STUDENTS TO APPLY CONCEPTS. This unique feature enables students to interact with excerpts from actual annual reports, analyze the information and apply what they have learned by answering corresponding questions.

  • UNIQUE APPROACH EMPHASIZES WHY ACCOUNTING MATTERS USING POSITIVE EXAMPLES. Chapter-opening vignettes and memorable examples highlight why accounting information is critical to investors, creditors and other stakeholders. The positive tone in these examples illustrates how accounting information significantly helps decision makers, which motivates students for further study. The authors purposefully avoid the type of pathological examples that some texts use, such as frequent references to Enron.

  • IFRS COVERAGE AND APPLICATIONS CLARIFY THESE GLOBAL STANDARDS. "International Dimension" features illustrate the differences between International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and U.S. GAAP. Accompanying IFRS Applications demonstrate how journal entries and financial statements are prepared under IFRS. When differences are significant, the feature shows side-by-side comparisons of excerpts prepared under U.S. GAAP and IFRS. End-of-chapter IFRS assignments highlight real company financial statements from international companies, such as Louis Vuitton and Nestlé.

  • "LOOKING AHEAD" PREVIEWS SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRY CHANGES ON THE HORIZON. This insightful feature highlights several significant accounting-related changes expected in the future, including changes in lease accounting, financial statement presentation and other important pending developments.

  • CODIFICATION APPLICATIONS PROVIDE A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE. Your students can use The FASB's Accounting Standards Codification: A User-Friendly Guide as part of this edition's online collection of digital resources. Students learn how to use codification step by step. Brief assignments in the guide and comprehensive assignments in the textbook's end-of-chapter materials encourage students to research independently and learn to use codification effectively. This resource is available on the book's companion website.

  • NEXT-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO MASTER ADVANCED THINKING SKILLS. These requirements within select end-of-chapter questions require students to go beyond the basic understanding of accounting rules and procedures and develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills. Specific open-ended requirements are now converted into fill-in-the-blank questions within CNOWv2 and are automatically gradable assignments.

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