Revenue in the profit and loss statement of a company

Revenue refers to the main income source of a business. Generally, it refers to income received or accrued from the provision of services and sale of goods. It is the “top line” figure from which costs of sales and operating expenses are deducted to determine the net profit/loss for a specific period – monthly/quarterly/annually. That said, it should exclude non-business income such as income received from the sale/disposal of fixed assets, government grants, and interest.

We can never emphasize too much the importance of distinguishing a company’s revenue and net profit separately. This is because it is possible to have a situation where the net profit grows while the revenue figures remain flat. It may be an indication that the company is cutting costs to maintain market share or it is not investing wisely to generate revenue and market growth.

For this reason, it will be prudent to examine the revenue of a company so as to identify opportunities and solve problems.

For more details, consult a certified public accountant (CPA).


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ACRA Cancels Registration of Filing Agent and Qualified Individual for AML/CFT Breaches

The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) had cancelled the registrations of filing agent (RFA) and qualified individual (RQI) on 18 January 2024. The registrations were cancelled in view of breaches of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) controls under the ACRA (Filing Agents and Qualified Individuals) Regulations 2015 (the “ACRA Regulations”).

Some of the basic AMT/CFT controls that a RFA and RQI are required to exercise are as follows:

(a) perform additional customer due diligence measures when a customer is not physically present during onboarding;

(b) inquiring if there exists any beneficial owner in relation to some of its customers; and

(c) perform risk assessments i

RQIs and RFAs provide corporate secretarial services for business entities, such as helping customers to incorporate companies, file annual returns and fulfil other filing requirements under the Companies Act 1967 or other Acts under ACRA’s purview. RQIs and RFAs are required to perform customer due diligence measures in accordance with the ACRA Regulations, and conduct their business in such a manner as to guard against the facilitation of money laundering and the financing of terrorism. RQIs and RFAs must also satisfy statutory requirements such as being fit and proper persons, to be registered or continue to be registered.

RQIs and RFAs who breach their statutory obligations may be subject to enforcement actions, such as financial penalties of up to $10,000 or $25,000 per breach respectively or have their registrations with ACRA suspended or cancelled.

Therefore, RQIs and RFAs play an important role in helping to detect and combat illicit activities.

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