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ACC 101 Ch 2 Notes

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Measurement concepts: recording business transactions
Intro to Accounting 1
joanna dabrowski
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Date Created: 01/31/16
ACC 101 Chapter 2 Business transactions – economic events that should be recorded in accounting records Economic eventRecognitionValuationClassification Recognition – decision as to when to record transaction ­ Recognize revenue when good/service is provided to customer, doesn’t  necessarily have to be paid for yet ­ Date on which transaction is recorded affects amounts in financial statements ­ Recognition point ­ predetermined time at which transaction should be  recorded Events NOT recorded: customer inquires about product availability  company hires new employee  company signs contract to provide future service  company places order Events recorded: customer buys product     company pays employee for work performed     company performs service Valuation –assigning monetary amount to business transactions and resulting assets &  liabilities ­ Fair value – exchange price of business transaction between market  participants. GAAP states all transactions should be valued at fair value ­ Cost principle – recording transactions at exchange price at point of  recognition Classification – assigning all transactions to appropriate categories, or accounts Three levels of classification… 1. Asset, liability, or Stockholder’s equity? 2.  Retained earnings Common stock 3.  Revenue Expense Dividend Accounts – basic storage units for accounting data and are used to accumulate amounts  from similar transactions ­ Accounting system has separate account for each asset, liability, and each  component of SE ­ Account title should describe what’s recorded in account ­ General ledger – group of accounts (sometimes just ledger) ­ Chart of accounts – table of contents for ledger; lists account titles & #’s  Account #’s starting with 1 = asset  Account #’s starting with 2 = liability  Account #’s starting with 3 = SE ACC 101 Chapter 2 T Account – tool used to analyze transactions. Three parts… 1. Title, which identifies asset, liability, or SE account 2. Left side, called debit side 3. Right side, called credit side In double­entry system, each transaction must be recorded with at least one debit and  one credit. Based on principle of duality, which means every economic event has two  aspects that offset or balance each other Rules: 1. Every transaction affects at least two accounts, and must have at least one debit  and one credit 2. Total debits must equal total credits Increasing on debit side Increasing on credit side Assets Liabilities Dividends Common stock Expenses Retained earnings Revenue Normal balance – usual balance of account and is the side (debit or credit) that increases Accounting cycle – series of steps that measure and communicate useful information to  decision makers: 1. Analyze transactions from source documents 2. Record transactions in general journal 3. Post journal entries to ledger, prepare trial balance (a tool, not a statement) 4. Adjust accounts, prepare adjusted trial balance 5. Prepare financial statements 6. Close the accounts, prepare post­closing trial balance Business Transactions Analysis  Details of transactions are supported by source documents – invoices, receipts,  checks, contracts  Journal entry – notation that records a single transaction. Each entry must be in  proper journal form  Rules for journal entries: 1. List all debits first 2. List all credits next 3. Debits are aligned with left margin ACC 101 Chapter 2 4. Credits are indented General Journal  Transactions are recorded chronologically and then debit & credit portions of  each are transferred to appropriate accounts in ledger  Each entry includes date, accounts, amounts, explanation  A space should be skipped between journal entries  Compound entry – entry with more than one debit or credit General Ledger  While journal is used to record details, the ledger is used to update each account  Ledger account form – form that contains four columns for dollar amounts - Always shows current balance of account - Item column is rarely used because explanations already appear in journal - Post. Ref. column is used to note journal page on which original entry for  transaction is found Preparation and Use of Trial Balance  Trial balance – device used to ensure that total debits and credits are equal Steps: 1. List each account that has a balance in the order: assets, liabilities, SE,  dividends, revenues, expenses 2. Add each column 3. Compare totals of each column  Trial balance proves whether accounts are in balance, does not detect all errors!  If trial balance is not equal… - Debit was entered in account as credit, or vice versa - Balance of account was computed incorrectly - Error was made in carrying account balance to the trial balance - Trial balance was summed incorrectly  Errors in records that does not cause trial to be out of balance… - Transaction was omitted or entered twice - Both debit and credit amounts are incorrect but equal - Wrong account was debited or credited  Trial balance does NOT prove… - If all transactions were recorded (recognition) - If amount recorded was correct (valuation) - If transactions were analyzed correctly and recorded in proper accounts  (classification)


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