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## Recording Transactions

Recording ABC Transactions

Now, I think we should be ready to revisit our ABC Mowing Company and record the transactions presented in prior lessons in our detailed accounts.

We are going to assume that ABC has beginning balances already recorded in their accounts. These balances are as of December 1, xxxx.
Note: If these balances were as of the beginning of the year the nominal or temporary accounts – revenues, expenses, and draws would all have zero balances.
Lastly, we are going to thoroughly review each transaction for December xxxx and show you the hows and whys to properly recording each transaction and present the steps for properly analyzing and recording a transaction.

ABC’s Beginning Account Balances as of December 1, xxxx
 Assets Liabilities Equity Cash \$5,500 Dr Accounts Payable \$2,000 Cr Owner's Capital \$7,500 Cr Accounts Receivable \$1,600 Dr Mowing Revenue \$1,000 Cr Mowing Equipment \$2,500 Dr Advertising Expense \$200 Dr Inventory-Office Supplies \$-0- Mulch Expense \$100 Dr Owner Draws \$600 Dr
Notice I used the symbols Dr and Cr to abbreviate the Debit and Credit balances in the table of ABC’s beginning balances. While this is a common method of representing debits and credits, other symbols that we discussed earlier are also used.

You’d better check me out to see if our books balance before we start recording ABC’s transactions. We’re going to perform two checks that relate to what we’ve been learning in prior lessons.

The first check is to see if our Accounting Equation balances and the second to make sure that the debit balances equal the credit balances.

Equation Check Calculations

Total Assets = Cash + Accounts Receivable + Mowing Equipment
Total Assets = 5,500 + 1,600 + 2,500
Total Assets = 9,600

Total Liabilities is easy because there is only one account (Accounts Payable) with a balance of 2,000.
Total Liabilities = 2,000

Total Equity = Owner’s Capital + Revenues – Expenses – Draws
Since we have more than one expense let’s summarize them before we use them in our equation.
Total Expenses = Mulch Expense + Advertising
Total Expenses = 100 + 200
Total Expenses = 300

Total Equity = Owner’s Capital + Revenues – Expenses – Draws
Total Equity = 7,500 + 1000 – 300- 600
Total Equity = 7,600

Substituting our totals into the Accounting Equation we find that our equation balances.
Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity

9,600   =    2,000      +      7,600

Our second check is to see if our debit account balances equal our credit account balances.

 Debit Balances Cash 5,500 Accounts Receivable 1,600 Mowing Equipment 2,500 Advertising Expense 200 Mulch Expense 100 Owner's Draw 600 Total Debits 10,500 Credit Balances Accounts Payable 2,000 Owner's Capital 7,500 Mowing Revenue 1,000 Total Credits 10,500
It looks like we passed muster again. Debit Balances do equal Credit Balances.

Let's revisit that mowing business once again. This time we're going to record our transactions using our detail type of accounts such as Cash, Accounts Receivable, Mowing Equipment, Mowing Revenues, etc. to record our transactions.
We will discuss each transaction and “post” the entry to the appropriate General Ledger Account
( T-Account). Keep in mind that each entry will have a debit and a credit.

If you recall, a T-Account is a skeleton outline of a formal account which provides the same basic data as a formal ledger account. They are normally used as a teaching aid. In a later lesson we'll be using formal ledger accounts. The following is what the T-Accounts look like.

Notice that Assets, Draws, and Expense Type of Accounts are increased using the Left Side (Column) of the account ( debited ) and decreased using the Right Side (Column) of the account ( credited ).

The reverse is true for the Liability, Equity, and Revenue Type of Accounts. These Type Of Accounts are increased using the Right Side (Column) of the account ( credited ) and decreased using the Left Side (Column) of the account ( debited ).
Detail Transaction Information

For each transaction for ABC Mowing, we will identify the Source Document, Type Of Transaction, Accounts Affected, and determine and explain the Debits and Credits needed to properly record and post to our General Ledger (T-Accounts).

Entry 1

1. ABC mows a client’s yard and receives a check from the customer for \$50 for the service provided.

Source Document:Customer’s Check

Type Of Transaction:Cash Sale

Accounts Affected:Cash   Sales

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Cash: Debit

Increase (Right Side) Mowing Revenue (Sales): Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Cash is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of cash, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side of the account so we increase cash by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Revenue Account Mowing Revenue (Equity) is also increased. Again, an increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of a revenue account is the right (credit) side of the account so we increase mowing revenue (sales) by entering the amount in the right side as a credit.
Entry 2

2. ABC purchases \$100 worth of office supplies and stores them in their storage room. The office supply store gives them an invoice that allows them to pay for them in 15 days (on account).

Source Document:Supplier’s Invoice

Type Of Transaction:On Account Purchase

Accounts Affected:Inventory-Office Supplies   Accounts Payable

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Inventory-Office Supplies: Debit

Increase (Right Side) Accounts Payable: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Inventory-Office Supplies is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of inventory-office supplies, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side of the account so we increase inventory-office supplies by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Liability Account Accounts Payable is also increased. Again, we record an increase by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of accounts payable, which is a liability, is the right (credit) side of the account so we increase accounts payable by entering the amount in the right side as a credit.
Entry 3

3. ABC places an ad in the local newspaper receives the invoice from the supplier and writes a check for \$25 to the newspaper.

Source Document:Supplier’s Invoice and Company Check

Type Of Transaction:Cash Purchase

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Advertising Expense (Decrease Equity): Debit

Decrease (Right Side) Cash: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Expense Account Advertising Expense is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of advertising expense, which is an expense account, is the left (debit) side so we increase advertising expense by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Asset Account Cash is decreased.
We record a decrease by entering the amount in the opposite side of the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of cash, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side so we decrease cash by entering the amount in the opposite side which is the right (credit) side of the account as a credit.

Some additional clarification might be useful in order to clarify why an expense is recorded as an increase with a debit. The actual amount of the advertising expense has increased. The business now has spent more for advertising. More expenses are not what a business or an individual wants. Increased personal expenses reduce our personal equity and likewise increased business expenses reduce the owner’s equity of a business.

Since an increase in an expense reduces equity it is recorded as an increase using a debit.
Entry 4

4. ABC purchases five mowers for \$10,000 and finances them with a note from the local bank.

Source Document:Bank Note

Type Of Transaction:Borrow Money

Accounts Affected:Mowing Equipment   Note Payable-Bank

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Mowing Equipment: Debit

Increase (Right Side) Note Payable-Bank: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Mowing  Equipment is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of mowing equipment, which is an asset account, is the left (debit) side so we increase mowing equipment by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Liability Account  Note Payable-Bank is also increased. Again, an increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of note payable-bank, which is a liability account, is the right (credit) side , so we increase note payable-bank by entering the amount in the right side as a credit.
Entry 5

5. ABC mows another customer’s yard and sends the customer a \$75 bill (invoice) for the
service they performed. They allow their customer ten (10) days to pay them for this service (on account).

Source Document:Sales Invoice

Type Of Transaction:On Account Sale

Accounts Affected:Accounts Receivable   Mowing Revenue (Sales)

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Accounts Receivable: Debit

Increase (Right Side) Mowing Revenue (Sales): Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Accounts Receivable is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of accounts receivable, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side of the account so we increase accounts receivable by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Revenue Account Mowing Revenue (Equity) is also increased. Again, an increase is recorded
by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of a revenue account is the right (credit) side of the account so we increase mowing revenue (sales) by entering the amount in the right side as a credit.

Entry 6

6. The owner of ABC needs a little money to pay some personal bills and writes himself a check for \$500.

Source Document:Check

Type Of Transaction:Draw

Accounts Affected:Cash   Draw

Debits and Credits:

Increase (left Side)Owner’s Draw (Decrease Equity): Debit

Decrease (Right Side) Cash: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Draw Account Owner’s Draw is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of owner’s draw, which is a draw account, is the left (debit) side so we increase owner’s draw by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Asset Account Cash is also decreased. We record a decrease by entering the amount in the opposite side of the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of cash, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side so we decrease cash by entering the amount in the opposite side which is the right (credit) side of the account as a credit.
Entry 7

7. ABC pays the office supply company \$100 with a check for the office supplies that they charged (promised to pay).

Source Document:Check

Type Of Transaction:Pay Supplier Charge Purchases

Accounts Affected:Cash   Accounts Payable

Debits and Credits:

Decrease (Left Side) Accounts Payable: Debit

Decrease (Right Side) Cash: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Cash is decreased. We record a decrease by entering the amount in the opposite side of the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of cash, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side so we decrease cash by entering the amount in the opposite side which is the right (credit) side of the account as a credit.

The Liability Account Accounts Payable is also decreased. We record a decrease by entering the amount in the opposite side of the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of accounts payable, which is a liability, is the right (credit) side so we decrease accounts payable by entering the amount in the opposite side which is the left (debit) side of the account as a debit.
Entry 8

8. ABC receives a check from the customer who they billed (invoiced)  \$75 for services and allowed 10 days to pay.

Source Document:Customer Check

Type Of Transaction:Receive Customer Charge Payments

Accounts Affected:Cash   Accounts Receivable

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Cash: Debit

Decrease (Right Side) Accounts Receivable: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Cash is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of cash, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side of the account so we increase cash by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

Another Asset Account, Accounts Receivable decreased. We record a decrease by entering the amount in the opposite side of the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of accounts receivable, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side so we decrease accounts receivable by entering the amount in the opposite side which is the right (credit) side of the account as a credit.

We actually “swapped” one asset accounts receivable for another asset cash.
Entry 9

9. ABC purchased some mulch for \$60 and received an invoice from their supplier who allows them 15 days to pay. The mulch was used on a customer’s yard.

Source Document:Supplier’s Invoice

Type Of Transaction: Purchase on Account

Accounts Affected:Mulch Expense   Accounts Payable

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Mulch Expense (Decrease Equity): Debit

Increase (Right Side) Accounts Payable: Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Expense Account Mulch Expense is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of mulch expense, which is an expense account, is the left (debit) side so we increase mulch expense by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The amount owed to a supplier also increased.
The Liability Account Accounts Payable is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of accounts payable, which is a liability, is the right (credit) side of the account so we increase accounts payable by entering the amount in the right side as a credit.
Entry 10

10. ABC bills (prepares an invoice) the customer \$80 for the mulch and mowing his yard and
receives a check for \$80 from the customer.

Source Document:Sales Invoice and Customer Check

Type Of Transaction:Cash Sale

Accounts Affected:Cash   Mowing Revenue (Sales)

Debits and Credits:

Increase (Left Side) Cash: Debit

Increase (Right Side) Mowing Revenue (Equity): Credit

Explanation Using Our Debit/Credit Rules:
The Asset Account Cash is increased. An increase is recorded by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of cash, which is an asset, is the left (debit) side of the account so we increase cash by entering the amount in the left side as a debit.

The Revenue Account Mowing Revenue (Equity) is also increased. Again, an increase is recorded  by entering the amount in the normal balance side of an account. The normal balance side of a revenue account is the right (credit) side of the account so we increase mowing revenue (sales) by entering the amount in the right side as a credit.
ABC’s Calculated Ending Account Balances After Posting
Me, being the nice guy that I am, calculated the ending account balances for you.
 Assets Liabilities Equity Cash 5,080 Dr Accounts Payable 2,060 Cr Owner's Capital 7,500 Cr Accounts Receivable 1,600 Dr Note Payable-Bank 10,000 Cr Mowing Revenue 1,205 Cr Mowing Equipment 12,500 Dr Advertising Expense 225 Dr Inventory-Office Supplies 100 Dr Mulch Expense 160 Dr Owner Draws 1,100 Dr
Let’s perform our checks on our ending balances after posting.

The first check is to see if our Accounting Equation balances and the second to make sure that the debit balances equal the credit balances.

Equation Check Calculations

Total Assets = Cash + Accounts Receivable + Mowing Equipment +Office Supplies
Total Assets = 5,080 + 1,600 + 12,500 + 100
Total Assets = 19,280

Total Liabilities = Accounts Payable + Notes Payable
Total Liabilities = 2,060 + 10,000
Total Liabilities = 12,060

Total Equity = Owner’s Capital + Revenues – Expenses – Draws
Since we have more than one expense let’s summarize them before we use them in our equation.

Total Expenses = Mulch Expense + Advertising
Total Expenses = 160 + 225
Total Expenses = 385

Total Equity = Owner’s Capital + Revenues – Expenses – Draws
Total Equity = 7,500 + 1205 – 385- 1100
Total Equity = 7,220

Substituting our totals into the Accounting Equation we find that our equation balances.

Assets  = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity
19,280 =  12,060   + 7,220

Our second check is to see if our debit account balances equal our credit account balances.
Let's Total Our Debit Balances
 Debit Balance Accounts Cash 5,080 Accounts Receivable 1,600 Mowing Equipment 12,500 Inventory-Office Supplies 100 Advertising Expense 225 Mulch Expense 160 Owner's Draw 1,100 Total Debits 20,765
Now, we'll Total Our Credit Balances
 Credit Balance Accounts Accounts Payable 2,060 Note Payable-Bank 10,000 Owner's Capital 7,500 Mowing Revenue 1,205 Total Credits 20,765
Looks like everything is still in balance after we posted our transactions.
Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity and our Debit Balance Accounts = our Credit Balance Accounts.
That wasn't too bad was it ? Get a grip on yourself. We still have more lessons to complete. After the Videos and Tests let's tackle the next lesson that covers the General Ledger and Journals.
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