Reliability Concept


Information is reliable if a user can depend upon it to be materially accurate and if it faithfully represents the information that it purports to present. Significant misstatements or omissions in financial statements reduce the reliability of information contained in them.

Example

A company is being sued for damages by a rival firm, settlement of which could threaten the financial stability of the company. Non-disclosure of this information would render the financial statements unreliable for its users.

Reliability of financial information is enhanced by the use of following accounting concepts and principles: