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creative accounting

This page is about the doublespeak term creative accounting

Meaning

accounting methods used by unethical companies to cheat the tax department, shareholders, employees, etc.

For example

  • We used creative accounting to avoid paying all our taxes.

  • They thought it was just "creative accounting", but they'd actually broken the law.

Quick Quiz

"Creative accounting" is used by unethical companies to

a. create new accounts

b. increase company profits

c. improve their accounting systems

Contributor: Matt Errey