Income Statements: Definition, Types, Examples

Types of Income StatementIncome Statement shows net profit or net loss arising out of activities of a particular accounting period of any business organization.

Of all the financial statements income statement is very popular and important.

In brief,

The balance which stands after deduction of total expenses from total income of a particular accounting period is called net income. Negative net income may be termed as a net loss.

Incomes mean the profit received from the sale of commodities, rendering services, interest received from the third party for using the assets of a business concern, rent, royalty etc. and selling or exchanging any asset other than commodities.

Expenses mean the expenses directly related to incomes of a particular accounting period, and other expenses of that accounting period, such as payable interest, loss sale of assets and loss of properties due to an accident etc.

The income statement is of two types:

(a) Single-step income statement,
(b) Multiple step income statement.

Single Step Income Statement

Single Step Income Statement, Types of Income Statement

In single-step income statement sales or service income and other incomes are to be added in the first stage.


all operating expenses including cost of goods sold and other expenses are deducted from total income to ascertain net profit or loss.

In the single-step income statement, all data are divided into two groups: Such incomes and expenses. Income includes operating income plus other incomes. Expenses include the cost of goods sold, operating expenses and other expenses.

Multiple-Step Income Statements

Multiple Step Income Statements, Types of Income Statement

In this statement profit or income is ascertained showing various incomes and expenditures separately in different stages.

Generally, multiple steps income statement contains the following steps of incomes and expenses;

  1. Operating revenue

    Operating revenue means the revenue arising out of main activities of the business. For example, revenue out of sales and services rendered are both operating revenue.

  2. Cost of goods sold

    Cost of goods sold is an important aspect of a business concern.In the income statement, gross income is determined to deduct the cost of goods sold from income out of net sales. The surplus of net sale over the cost of goods sold is called gross profit.

    Cost of goods sold = Beginning inventory + Net purchase + Carriage In Ward – Ending Inventory. Gross profit = Net sales – Cost of goods sold.

  3. Operating expenses

    Expenses relating to administrative and selling activities other than the cost of goods sold are operating expenses. Operating expenses are of two types, such as selling expenses and administrative expenses.

    The expenses incurred in connection with the sale of goods and marketing are called selling expenses.

    Such as; Salesman salaries and commission Salesman travel expense Delivery expense, Advertising, utilities, rent- store building, store supplies used etc.

    Expenses relating to the overall management of the business are called administrative expenses.

    For example, Office salaries, rent-administrative building, insurance, office supplies expense, postage, telegram, conveyance, general expense, depreciation expense, office equipment, furniture etc.

  4. Non-Operating Income and Expenses

    The incomes which are not related to sales income or service income are called non-operating income.For example, Interest on investment, interest on notes receivable, accrued house rent from subletting, profit arising out of the sale of assets etc.

    The expenses which are not related to purchase – sale and administrative expenses are called non-operating expenses. Such as interest on the loan, interest on capital, accidental loss, loss on sale of assets etc.

Important Relationships in the Income Statement

In brief, the important relationships in the income statement are shown below :

  1. Net sales = Gross sales – (sales discount + sales returns and allowances).
  2. Net purchase = Purchase – (Purchase discount + purchase returns and allowance).
  3. The net cost of purchase = Net purchase + transportation In.
  4. Cost of goods sold = Beginning inventory + net cost of purchase – ending inventory.
  5. Gross margin = Net sales – the cost of goods sold.
  6. Gross Margin rate= (Gross margin X 100)/Net Sales
  7. Net income from operation = Gross margin – operating expenses.
  8. Net income = Net income from operation + non-operating revenue – non-operating expenses.
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