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    The Single-Step Income Statement

    The single-step income statement format uses a single subtotal for all revenue line items and a single subtotal for all expense line items, with a net gain or loss appearing at the bottom of the report. This format is most commonly used by businesses that have relatively simple operations.

    Here is a sample format for a single-step income statement:

    Revenues $1,000,000
         Total revenue $1,000,000
         Cost of goods sold 350,000
         Advertising 30,000
         Depreciation 20,000
         Rent 40,000
         Payroll taxes 28,000
         Salaries and wages 400,000
         Supplies 32,000
         Travel and entertainment 50,000
    Total Expenses $950,000
    Net Income $50,000

    The single-step format is not heavily used, because it forces the readers of an income statement to separately summarize information for subsets of information within the income statement. For example, there is no gross margin calculation, nor any expense breakdowns by department. For a more readable format, try the multi-step format, which is the format of choice for multi-department organizations.

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