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Usually, accounting is understood as the Language of Business. However An accountant is a person who does the basic job of maintaining accounts as he is. Business Accounting Basics Frank Wood David Horner Business Accounting Basics is the ideal introduction into the fundamentals of bookkeeping and financial. This is the book Business Accounting (v. ). Chapter 1: What Is Financial Accounting, and Why Is It Important? .. The Basic Reporting of Liabilities.

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Accounting Basics. Important Disclaimer. Important Note: The text in this chapter is intended to clarify business-related concepts. It is not intended nor can it. Business accounting basic / Frank Wood and David Horner. p. cm. .. 9 Business Accounting Basics ○ Debits and credits The debit side (Dr) and credit side. This explanation of accounting basics will introduce you to some basic present the basics of accounting through a story of a person starting a new business.

Learn how to manage your books 1. Having a separate bank account keeps records distinct and will make life easier come tax time. Note that LLCs, partnerships, and corporations are legally required to have a separate bank account for business.

Start by opening up a business checking account, and then any savings accounts that will help you organize funds and plan for taxes. For instance, set up a savings account and squirrel away a percentage of each payment as your self-employed tax withholding. Corporations and LLCs are required to use a separate credit card to avoid commingling personal and business assets. Before you talk to a bank about opening an account, do your homework.

Shop around for business accounts and compare fee structures. Check with the individual bank for what documents to bring to the appointment. Track your expenses The foundation of solid business record keeping is learning to track your expenses effectively. Right from the beginning, you should establish a system for organizing receipts and other important records. This process can be simple and old school bring on the FiloFax , or you can use a service like ShoeBoxed.

There are five types of receipts that you should pay extra attention to: Meals and entertainment: Conducting a business meeting in a cafe or restaurant is a great option, just be sure to document it well. On the back of the receipt, record who attended and the purpose of the meal or outing. Thankfully, your receipts also provide a paper trail of your business activities while away. Vehicle related expenses: Record where, when, and why you used the vehicle for business, and then apply the percentage of use to vehicle related expenses.

Non-current liabilities are also known as long-term liabilities. Capital In our example the double-entry account for capital would be updated as shown opposite. It will be affected by the net profit earned for the year and will also be reduced by any drawings taken during the period. Any net loss would be debited to the capital account. Working capital is presented as the difference between current assets and current liabilities.

The top section of the statement of financial position represents the net assets of the business which are calculated as follows: The financial structure of the business can be examined. For example, a business that relies on loans and other borrowings for its non-current finance will often be seen as a greater risk for investment purposes.

Working capital is a useful calculation in providing information about the overall liquidity position of the business. A business with low levels of working capital may face problems in the future. Bringing the statements together The statement of comprehensive income and the statement of financial position are normally constructed together — with the statement of comprehensive income being constructed first. The net profit from the statement of comprehensive income will be added to the capital balance on the statement of financial position.

As a result, if a mistake is made in calculating the net profit of the business it is unlikely that the statement of financial position will balance.

Further adjustments to the statement of comprehensive income Opening inventory So far we have looked at a business in its first year of trading. Once a business trades for more than one accounting period of time then it will be likely we will have inventory in hand at the start of the period opening inventory as well as inventory at the end of the period closing inventory.

Opening inventory is available for use and resale so it will be added into the cost of goods sold calculation. The opening inventory will be a debit entry in the trial balance closing inventory will always be found in the additional information to the trial balance. Carriage Carriage is an expense relating to the transport of goods. There are two types of carriage, and their treatment is as follows: Returns We have already dealt with the accounting entries for both returns inwards and returns outwards in Chapter 2.

However, we will also need to make adjustments in the trading account for the returns. These adjustments are as follows: Adjustments needed for returns Returns inwards Returns outwards Deduct from sales Deduct from purchases This means that the full cost of goods sold calculation would appear as follows: Adjustments needed for the cost of goods sold Add Add Less Less Equals Opening inventory Purchases Carriage inwards Returns outwards Closing inventory Cost of goods sold The order in which the cost of goods sold is adjusted for returns outwards and carriage is not important.

However, it is good practice to show your full workings when the adjustments are made. Example Consider the following trial balance extract: The carriage outwards would appear with the other business expenses in the profit and loss section of the statement of comprehensive income.

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You are to redraft the trial balance in correct form. You can assume that the balance on the suspense account will be zero in the correct version. Construct a statement of comprehensive income for the year to 30 September and a statement of financial position as at that date. Construct a statement of comprehensive income for the period ending 30 November , and a statement of financial position as at that date. From the following data, construct the trading account for the year ended 30 June However, for most businesses, keeping all the accounts in one ledger would not be the most efficient in terms of organisation as it would become time-consuming to track down individual entries when required.

Therefore some amendments are made to the accounting system once a business moves beyond a certain size. Ledgers Once a business goes beyond a certain size it makes sense to divide the ledgers up according to the type of account in which the transactions are to be entered.

It is common practice to have three distinct ledgers: Sales ledger Contains all the personal accounts of credit customers debtors 2. Purchases ledger Contains all the personal accounts of credit suppliers creditors 3.

It is useful to have a separate source of information about each transaction which provides back-up to the ledgers. Day books Day books also known as journals or books of original entry are where transactions are first recorded. These day books are not accounts. The cash book is the only day book which serves jointly as both a day book and an account.

They are simply books that record details of transactions as and when they happen — almost like diaries of transactions. There are several day books, each of which will be used for a particular type of transaction.

The day books which are used are as follows: Name of day book Type of transaction recorded Sales day book All credit sales of goods Purchases day book All credit purchases of goods with the intention of resale Return inwards day book Returns inwards of goods previously sold Returns outwards day book Returns outwards of goods previously purchased Cash book and petty cash book All cash and bank transactions The journal Any transaction not covered by the other day books Posting transactions from the day book Part of the purpose of the day-book system is to provide back-up to the ledgers.

It also provides order to the ledgers by linking up transactions. When a transaction is entered into the day book, one half of the double-entry transaction can be entered into the day book, with the second posted to the ledger account.

This prevents the individual accounts within the ledgers becoming cluttered with many frequent entries. You should now attempt review questions 4.

Cash books The cash book acts as a combination of the cash and bank accounts of the business. It therefore records all bank and cash transactions made by the business. Consider the following example of a cash and bank account for a business for the month of January The cash book for these accounts would appear as follows: As a result the above would be known as a two-column cash book.

There are two opening balances and two closing balances on the cash book — one for the cash account and one for the bank column. These can be either debit or credit balances for the bank account but can only be debit balances for the cash column.

Contra entries One entry that can cause some initial confusion in the cash book is that known as a contra entry. In the cash book, the contra entry would include cash withdrawn from the bank, or cash deposited into the bank. There is nothing special about either of these transactions. Both will require a debit and a credit entry to be made. For example, depositing cash into the bank account would require a debit entry in the bank column because the asset of bank is being increased and a credit entry in the cash column because the asset of cash is being reduced.

Cash and trade discounts Businesses will trade with other businesses. It is common practice for intra-business trade to include two types of discounts. Trade discounts are discounts which are offered to other businesses with no particular conditions attached.

The trade discount may show up on the invoice but would not appear in any of the ledger accounts. Cash discounts are given by businesses to another business with the intent of encouraging prompt settlement of any outstanding invoice. They are usually given as a percentage of the outstanding invoice once any trade discount has been deducted.

These discounts will show up in the ledger accounts as follows: Discounts allowed Discounts received Discounts that the business gives to customers settling amounts owing to the business Discounts given by other business when the business settles the amounts it owes to its suppliers When recording these discounts there are two different approaches: This second approach requires the use of a three-column cash book. Example 4. Lindley no longer owes the business. Three-column cash books Although it is perfectly acceptable to record discounts in the manner outlined above, a speedier way of recording discounts is to introduce a third column to the cash book — the extra column recording discounts, both allowed and received.

Whereas both the cash and bank columns will be balanced off in the normal manner, the discounts columns are not balanced off. The discounts columns are simply totalled and these totals are transferred to the ledger accounts for discounts allowed and discounts receivable. The petty cash book is used for dealing with small items of money. It may be the case that the firm has lots of transactions which involve relatively small amounts of money e.

If these were all entered in the main cash book then it would quickly become cluttered up with entries for small amounts of money. To prevent this, a petty cash book deals with these items. At the end of each month the monthly totals can then be transferred to the main cash book.

This has the other advantage of allowing other members of staff usually junior workers the responsibility of dealing with the petty cash book alone and this frees up time for the main cashier of the firm to deal with the main cash book. Some very large firms may actually use the petty cash book for dealing with all cash items of expenditure.

The main cash book would then only be used for bank transactions. Imprest system The most common system used to maintain the petty cash book is known as the imprest system.

This involves co-ordination between the cashier responsible for the cash book and the cashier responsible for the petty cash book. The cashier will give the petty book cashier just enough money to cover the petty cash transactions of a period of time — usually one month. At the end of the month, the amount actually spent will be totalled up and the amount will be refunded from the main cashbook as follows: Entries needed to refund amount spent on petty cash Debit Credit Petty cash book Cash book In this way, the balance on the petty cash book will always be the same at the start of each period.

This opening balance is known as the float or imprest. The float can be changed if it is observed that the petty cash is being spent too quickly, or is not being spent at all. Most firms that maintain petty cash books will do so in a format which categorises different types of petty cash expenditure.

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This is known as an analytical petty cash book because it analyses the different types of expenditure different types of expenditure appear under different column headings. The petty cash book still follows the rules of any double-entry account. However, the credit side of this account will be split into the various categories of expenditure. The business transactions that occur are as follows: The analysis columns that are to be used in this example are: There are no strict rules on what columns should be used or how many of them there should be.

It makes sense not to have too many because it may become confusing when filling in the petty cash book. The petty cash book will appear as in Exhibit 4. Exhibit 4. This would then be transferred to the actual account for each category of expenditure in the general ledger.

Thus these individual ledger accounts, such as travel costs, are only entered with monthly totals and not the individual entries. For example, it may be the case that a member of staff purchases an item for the business out of their own money. To reclaim this amount, a voucher must be filled out before it can be taken out of the petty cash.

Of course, it is important that these transactions are verified by the petty cashier, otherwise the business may find that money is being taken without reason. Advantages of maintaining a petty cash book 1 It stops the main cash book being cluttered up with small items of expenditure.

Sales day book The sales day book records all transactions resulting from credit sales. This must only include sales relating to goods bought with the specific intention of resale.

For each sale made, the business will issue an invoice. This is a written document which contains details of the sale, such as the goods to be ordered, the value of the sale and any relevant trade or cash discounts. The sales invoice would be issued to a customer when the sale is made. From the invoice, the details of each sale would be collated and written up into the sales day book. A sample page of a sales journal would appear as follows: The details relate to the name of the account in which the sale will be recorded.

The total will be after any trade discount has been deducted but before any cash discount has been taken. In Chapter 2, the double-entry for each credit sale was recorded by crediting the sales account, and by debiting the account of the customer.

However, to save time we now introduce a more efficient way of recording the credit sales. This is completed as follows: We then post the details to the sales ledger by debiting the accounts of the customers.

However, we only debit the sales account in the sales ledger with the monthly total for sales. The resulting entries would be as follows: Purchases day book The purchases day book consists of all credit purchases of goods for resale. For example, a business selling office furniture would not include the purchase of a delivery van as purchases as this is an asset to be used within the business. The sales invoice sent by the business to the customer can also be thought of as the purchase invoice by the business which is buying the goods.

For the purchases day book, only the information relevant for the accounts is recorded. As with the sales day book, it is only the entries in the personal accounts which are entered individually. The entry in the general ledger i. The entries in this example would appear as follows: In this case, the return would be recorded in the relevant day book.

There is a return book for the each of the two types of return: Returns inwards day book for recording returns inwards or sales returns Returns outwards day book for recording returns outwards or purchases returns For each of these, the method used is the same as used in the sales and purchases day books: General ledger account — only enter the monthly total Personal ledger account — enter details of each transaction individual.

The following two examples will be based on and will follow on from the transactions above. The term credit note is useful as it indicates that we are to credit the personal account of the customer i. Each entry in the returns inwards day book will require an entry to be made in the personal account of the customer in the sales ledger.

This note will give details of the goods and the reason for returning them. As with the purchases day book, it is only the entries in the personal accounts which are entered individually. The journal Nearly all business transactions will be dealt with in the cash book and the four main day books outlined so far in this chapter.

Trying to imagine a transaction which does not involve those is not easy. However, there are transactions which require the use of another day book, and this day book would be known as the journal. The journal is used mainly for unusual transactions which would not occur on a frequent basis. As a result the layout of a journal is not the same as that of the four main day books. The layout of the journal is as follows: There is no point getting these mixed up as any deviation in the layout would be incorrect.

The narrative should provide detail needed to understand the transactions. It does not need to contain detail such as the accounts used, or amounts, as these are entered in the actual journal entry.

However, it should provide sufficient detail so the transaction can be understood, as it is possible that the transactions could have more than one explanation. In this situation, we will receive one-fifth i. This is perfectly appropriate as long as the totals of the debit entries equal the totals of the credit entries. The use of folio columns Each double-entry account will contain the name of the other account in which the other half of the transaction is contained. Except in very small firms, this does not necessarily make it any easier to locate the other account — there may be hundreds of separate accounts.

A method of speeding up the finding of an account is the use of folio columns. These are found both in accounts and in day books. An extra column, usually quite small, is placed beside the details of each transaction. In this folio column is placed an abbreviated reference to which ledger or day book the transaction can be located in, and on what page of the relevant book. If we actually looked at this relevant account then we would see that it also had a folio reference sending us back to the sales day book itself.

Common abbreviations are as follows: This means that both halves of the transaction are contained in the same account. An example of this is dealt with in the section on cash books. The discount columns are not to be balanced and are simply totalled up.

Only monthly totals are transferred to the accounts in the general ledger.

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Ensure that the debit entry always comes before the credit entry in the journal. Check carefully if narratives are required for the journal entries. Motor vehicle sold on credit. Goods returned to us by credit customers. Money transferred from bank to the cash till. Laptop accepted as part payment from debtor. Cheque received in respect of rent received. For each of the following, state in which day book the transaction would be recorded.

Goods previously purchased by the business sent back to the original supplier. Stock taken out of business for private use. Cheque paid out to settle account relating to the purchase of goods for resale. Fixed asset sold with payment received by cheque. Furniture bought on credit specifically for resale. Van bought by garage on credit for business use.

Sale of goods on credit previously purchased for cash. Stock for resale sent back to creditor due to its unsuitability. Office furniture bought for purpose of resale. Cheque sent to supplier for purchase of fixed asset on credit. From the following, construct the two-column cash book for the month of March Balances as at 1 March were as follows: Construct the cash book for that month.

You are required to construct the cash book for that month. Nov 01 Balances at the start of the month: Balance at bank Cash in hand Debtors: Construct the three-column cash book for the above data. Credit transfer received from A Stroish Bank charges Interest paid Till receipts Petrol Office expenses Construct the cash book for the month of December for M Robins.

The entries have not yet been completed for the week ending 13 November Post the transactions to the personal accounts and show the relevant accounts affected in the general ledger. It is an indirect tax, which means that it is not collected by the government directly but is collected by businesses on behalf of the government. Some goods and services are zero rated e. Most goods and services are subject to VAT at the rate of Businesses with a taxable turnover above a certain amount are obliged to register for VAT and then have to make payments to the government on a regular basis.

The administration of VAT VAT is collected by businesses involved in the production of a good or service who sell this on to another consumer — regardless of whether this is the final consumer, or whether this consumer will, in turn, add something to the good and then sell it on to another consumer.

Rather than having to collect VAT on any sales made and also pay VAT on any purchases made, businesses can use the amount paid on purchases to offset reduce the amount paid on any sales made. The final consumer of the product has no-one to sell the product to and therefore the final consumer will pay the full Example 5.

VAT and double-entry bookkeeping The double-entry system can be modified for the inclusion of VAT with a few simple amendments. It will also need including in day book entries before these are posted to the ledger accounts. Given that the tax is collected by traders and businesses on behalf of the government, invoice totals will include the VAT.

However, we must ensure that only the net amount excluding VAT is entered into the sales, purchases and returns accounts. Credit purchases Credit purchases are posted to the ledger accounts as follows: Full amount owed You will notice that there are two debit entries for the one credit entry. A more comprehensive example follows.

Most examination assessment questions will not go into this much detail but the example is useful in showing you how the system works in full. The entries in the three ledgers will be as follows: Sales Ledger: Until the payment is actually made, the amount for VAT owing would appear as a current liability on the statement of financial position. If the amount was paid on 17 May, the entry would appear as follows: Given that the value of sales normally exceeds purchases this situation is unlikely to be anything other than short-lived, and most businesses would not bother to claim the amount back as in the long run the business will pay more in VAT than it claims back.

You should now attempt review questions 5. Some businesses will be able to reclaim the VAT paid on the purchase of non-current assets by offsetting it against VAT payable on sales, in the same way that VAT paid on purchases is used. If the business can reclaim the VAT back on this purchase the entries in the ledger accounts would be as follows: Where VAT can be reclaimed on purchases of non-current assets: Instructions will normally be provided as to whether or not the business is allowed to reclaim VAT when purchasing non-current assets.

VAT collected on cash sales should be treated in the same way as the VAT collected from debtors on credit sales. Likewise, VAT that can be reclaimed on expenses petty cash payments and others would be debited to the VAT account in the same way as VAT on purchases is accounted for. One complication that may be encountered is where the VAT has already been added in the amount.

The problem here is that simply subtracting If this is thought about then it is obvious — if an amount is increased by adding The correct procedure used would be to multiply the total figure as follows: VAT and discounts Trade discounts do not appear in ledger accounts.

However, cash discounts for prompt payment will appear and the inclusion of VAT in these invoices with discounts will complicate matters.

VAT will always be calculated on the assumption that the cash discount is taken — i. Even if the payment arrives too late to qualify for the discount, the VAT will be calculated assuming the discount is taken. Stage 1: Deduct the trade discount. Stage 2: Deduct the cash discount. Stage 3: Calculate the VAT. Stage 4: Calculate the invoice total adding the VAT on before the cash discount is deducted. The trade discount has no effect as it is not included in the accounting aspect of the sale.

A common mistake is to add the VAT on to the amount after the cash discount is deducted. It is important to remember that the invoice total will be before the cash discount is taken.

Handy hints The following hints will help you avoid errors. Calculate the amount of VAT due for the month of February From the above information, construct a VAT account for the three months ending 30 June Transfer the totals for the month to the VAT account. However, Moir Ltd returns four of these. Calculate the value of the credit note to be issued to Moir Ltd.

A discount of 2. Calculate the value of the invoice for the total transaction. Calculate the amount of VAT due for the month of January Introduction In Chapter 2 you were introduced to the idea that businesses will purchase assets, some for business use, and some for resale. The distinction was that any asset purchased with the intention of resale would be entered into the purchases account whereas any asset purchased to be used within the business would appear in its own asset account according to the type of asset purchased e.

In Chapter 3, this distinction of asset type started to have an impact on where these items would appear in the financial statement.

Only assets which were counted as purchases appeared as expenses. Although there was some rationale for this distinction it has yet remained to be formally defined as to how we should categorise the expenditure on assets. It is time to clarify this area by introducing new terminology in the form of capital and revenue expenditure.

Classifying capital and revenue expenditure Capital expenditure is where a firm spends money on the purchase of a fixed asset or in the adding of value to an existing fixed asset. Revenue expenditure refers to those expenses which do not add value to the fixed assets of the business and are incurred on a day-to-day basis.

These costs will normally be attributable to a particular period of time. For example, the wages for a particular month would count as revenue expenditure. The purchase of stock — because it is not to be kept within the business — would also be counted as revenue expenditure. Example 6. Table 6. This is known as joint expenditure.

For example, a heating system for a factory might involve expenditure on repairing an existing system but also include some expenditure on improving the system. In this case, we should attempt to allocate the amount belonging to repairs as revenue expenditure with the amount spent on improving the system being allocated as capital expenditure. In the case of joint expenditure, it is not always clear how to divide up the expenditure between the two classifications. Some degree of estimation may be required.

Payments for finance leases involve joint expenditure; this is discussed later in this chapter. Capital and revenue receipts The same reasoning as we use with classifying expenditure can be used in classifying revenues and monies received by the business.

The sale of fixed assets would be included as a capital receipt. Other capital receipts would include the issue of shares for a limited company and the receipt of money on taking out a business loan.

The sale of inventory either for cash or on credit would be counted as a revenue receipt. To summarise, incomes relating to the operations of the business, such as rental income and commission earned, would be countered as revenue receipts. You should now attempt review questions 6. Areas of debate Classifying expenditure into capital or revenue is not always easy.

The type of output a business produces will determine whether or not an item of expenditure is classified as an asset i. The size of the expenditure will also have an influence on how expenditure is classified.

In Chapter 7, we will deal with accounting concepts. The concept of materiality will shape how we classify expenses.

However, a small business may consider the same level of expenditure on similar items to be material enough to be classified as capital expenditure i. Some items do not fit easily into either category. For example, the purchase of computer software could be considered to be capital expenditure as it is adding value to the fixed assets of the business. However, computer software may be updated so frequently that it comes to be seen as revenue expenditure in that a business purchases software merely to maintain the usefulness of its computers.

However, in the case of a non-current asset being constructed e. IAS 17 A lease is an arrangement where a business gains the use of an asset from another business and in return will make payments to the owner of the asset. IAS 17 Leases categorises leases as either operating leases or finance leases. An operating lease is usually a short-term lease in which the risks and rewards remain with the lessor the original supplier of the asset.

A finance lease is a more long-term arrangement whereby the risks and rewards of the asset are transferred to the lessee the business which is paying to lease the asset. In the financial statements of a lessee, operating leases are treated as a revenue expense and will be deducted from the profits. Any payment for a finance lease is treated as joint expenditure where the finance charge for the lease is treated as a revenue expense but the asset will also be treated as an asset on the statement of financial position.

How expenditure on leases is to be treated therefore depends on the type of lease. However, the distinction between operating and finance leases is not always clear-cut. If the asset is likely to be transferred to the lessee at the end of the lease, or if the asset is likely to be leased for a major part of its useful life, then the treatment is more likely to be as a finance lease.

IAS 38 Businesses will often spend money on research and development. This can be to create new processes or new products. Research involves theoretical or experimental work to gain new knowledge but development involves this knowledge being used to create new products, systems or services.

IAS 38 Intangible Assets splits expenditure on research and development thus: IAS 38 Intangible Assets — Treatment of research and development expenditure Research expenditure Treated as revenue expenditure unless the research expenditure involves capital expenditure on non-current assets — e. Development expenditure Treated as an expense or treated as capital expenditure on the statement of financial position if it can be established that the development expenditure will lead to an intangible asset that can be valued reliably and either used or sold.

If this occurs then the following will occur: For example, if a purchase of furniture which is to be used within the business is treated as revenue expenditure then the business expenses will be higher than their correct level. As a result, reported profits will be lower than they would be if the expense had been correctly classified. In addition, the balance for non-current assets will be lower on the statement of financial position.

This type of error would not necessarily show in the financial statements — it would be termed an error of principle and is covered in Chapter Purchase of deep fat fryer Painting logo outside new premises Rental charge for premises Purchase of buns for burgers Delivery charge for deep fat fryer Interest charge on loan taken out to purchase deep fat fryer Part-time staffing costs Purchase of drinks machine.

For the following items, decide in each case whether they are a capital or revenue receipt: He is responsible for installing a new computer suite. The following costs are associated with this installation.

He is unsure whether to classify the costs associated as capital or revenue expenditure. Craig asks for your help in classifying these costs: Classify each of the following into capital or revenue expenditure: Ashley Vincent runs an amusement arcade. The following costs arise out of his operations. Classify these costs into either capital or revenue expenditure: The following costs are associated with running a business van which is now five years old. Classify the costs into either capital or revenue expenditure.

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From the following information calculate the capital cost of the new factory: Sharp settles his account with Wilson by making payment by cash. Write up the following transactions in the double-entry accounts of J Lam for the month of February Write up in the following transactions in the double-entry accounts of J Jackson. Goods for resale purchased for cash from S Barnes.

Goods sold on credit to A Stacey. Commission received paid into the business bank account. Owner takes a computer used by the business to use as her own personal computer. Cash held in till paid into bank. For the following transactions state which accounts should be debited, and which should be credited.

Goods previously purchased returned to J Nesbit. Cash banked. Purchases on credit from G Thompson. Marketing costs paid by cheque. Car used in business sold for cash.

Wages paid by cash. Goods purchased for resale taken by owner for private use. Rental income received by cheque. Goods returned by J Spillane, a customer. Will Pierce runs a small business. Construct the ledger accounts from the following transactions. From the details, construct the ledger accounts.

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Holmes paid in full in cash. Construct the double-entry accounts of Helen Clews from the following transactions and balance off each account at the end of the month.Front cover image: A business with low levels of working capital may face problems in the future.

The main objective of the financial statements is to provide a true and fair view of the financial position of the business for the user groups of the business. Some countries still operate under their own GAAP rules and regulations. The purchase of stock — because it is not to be kept within the business — would also be counted as revenue expenditure.

So consider getting help—whether by hiring a bookkeeper, outsourcing to an accounting service, or using accounting software. Fixed asset sold with payment received by cheque. ISBN pbk.

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