What is single step income statement

First look at a report of single step statement as below:

Single-Step Statement

A simple, condensed statement
devoid of all classification except the general groupings:


(1) revenues, and (2)
cost and expenses has been developed for stockholders’ reports and other special
uses. Section labeling is at a minimum.


The single-step format
does not recognize
intermediate stages
such as gross profit from operations or income before extraordinary
items. All income, including rents, interest, dividends, etc., is included in the
first section. All costs and expenses are shown in the next, including Federal and
state taxes on income. This form tends to be compact and relatively uncluttered
at the sacrifice of information. Generally the costs and expenses are classified
on the object basis rather than the functional basis.



When the object basis
is used, the nature of each cost and expense rather than whether it serves manufacturing,
selling, general and administrative, or some other function is the controlling factor.


Examples of this classification are such broad captions as


  • Materials

  • Supplies and
    services purchased

  • Salaries and wages

  • Depreciation

The functional basis, on
the other hand, expands the income statement so that it includes major classifications
such as cost of goods sold, sales revenues and operating expenses as major headings,
with applicable sub functions in each category.



It should be noted that
the required separation of ordinary and extraordinary items resulting from application
of APB Opinion No. 9 also applies to the condensed single-step form.


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