What is a Completed Contract?
A completed contract, in the context of the construction industry, is a concept relating to the financial recognition of a project. In specific accounting terms, it represents a method where all the costs and profit related to the contract are recognized only after the project has been finished and fully executed. This means neither revenues nor expenses are recorded in company books until all the work stipulated in the contract is fully accomplished. This approach contrasts with the percentage-of-completion method, which requires ongoing recognition of revenues and costs as the project advances. The completed contract method is often chosen for projects where outcome and costs are uncertain, essentially to prevent financial discrepancies.