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- obligation with specified terms and conditions by which a defined payment amount in money, goods, or services is to be paid within a defined time period in return for a current benefit.
- responsibility of the accountant to the client and third parties relying on the accountant's work. Accountants can be sued for fraud and negligence in performance of duties.
1) monies owed, shown on a balance sheet. (2) individual's or company's obligation to act responsibly or face compensatory penalties.See also liability
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