Friday, September 26, 2014

Journal Proper

A book maintained to record transactions, which do not find place in special journals, is known as Journal Proper or Journal Residual. Following transactions are recorded in this journal:

  1. Opening Entry: In order to open new set of books in the beginning of new accounting year and record therein opening balances of assets, liabilities and capital, the opening entry is made in the journal.
  2. Adjustment Entries: In order to update ledger account on accrual basis, such entries are made at the end of the accounting period. Such as Rent outstanding, Prepaid insurance, Depreciation and Commission received in advance
  3. Rectification entries: To rectify errors in recording transactions in the books of original entry and their posting to ledger accounts this journal is used.
  4. Transfer entries: Drawing account is transferred to capital account at the end of the accounting year. Expenses accounts and revenue accounts which are not balanced at the time of balancing are opened to record specific transactions. Accounts relating to operation of business such as Sales, Purchases, Opening Stock, Income, Gains and Expenses etc and drawing are closed at the end of the year and their Total/balances are transferred to Trading and Profit and Loss account by recording the journal entries. These are also called closing entries.
  5. Other entries: In addition to the above mentioned entries in the points number 1 to 4, recording of the following transaction is done in the journal proper:
At the time of a dishonour of a cheque the entry for cancellation for discount received or discount allowed earlier.

  • Purchase/sale of items on credit other than goods.
  • Goods withdrawn by the owner for personal use.
  • Goods distributed as samples for sales promotion.
  • Endorsement and dishonor of bills of exchange.
  • Transaction in respect of consignment and joint venture, etc.
  • Loss of goods by fire/theft/spoilage.

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