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ACT 205 Week 3 Notes and Example Problems

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This material covers LS notes and Class Notes for the 3rd week of classes and example problems.
Fundamentals of Accounting
Sally Plasterer Whitney
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Lecture Notes, Accounting, Debits, Credits, journals, trial balances
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Ch. 2: The Accounting Cycle Measuring Business Activities  There are 2 main functions of accounting o Measure a business’s activities o Communicate those measurements to outside people  The full set of procedures to achieve those functions is the accounting cycle External Transactions  The activities that measure and communicate are classified into 2 categories o External o Internal  Transactions the firm has with separate economic entities are external transactions o Sell products to customers o Buying supplies from vendors o Paying salaries to employees o Borrowing money from a bank  Things that affect the financial position of the company but don’t have an exchange with a separate entity is an internal transaction o Using already bought supplies o Making revenues after cash payments from a customer  In this chapter, the main focus will be on external transactions  There are 10 basic transactions to understand a company’s financial position  Measuring external transactions has 6 steps Use source document to find accounts affected by an external transaction o Analyze the impact of the transaction on the accounting equation o Asses the transaction as a debit or credit to balance the accounting equation o Record the transactions in a journal using debits and credits o Post the transaction to the general ledger o Prepare a trial balance  The first thing to do in the measurement process is to get information about the transactions  Sales invoices, bills, and signed contracts are source documents o Those all help give information to external transactions o Source documents identify a date and what each transaction was for, people involved, and the money involved  Steps 2-6 capture the effects of the transaction in those accounts  Summaries of the transactions similar to certain items over a period of time is an account o Asset accounts  Cash  Supplies  Equipment  All transactions involving cash are in a cash account  When a company gets cash, the balance of the cash account increases  When a company pays cash, the balance of the cash account decreases o Liability accounts  Account payable  Salaries payable  Utilities payable  Taxes payable o Asset and liability accounts keeps a balance of amounts owed o Stockholders’ equity 2  Common stalk  Retained earnings  All account names used to record transaction of a company is the chart of accounts Effects of Transactions on the Basic Accounting Equation  Walgreens borrows cash from a bank o Assets (cash) increase o Liabilities (loan payable to bank) increase  Walgreens record those events in its records  Walgreens hires Ryan, that doesn’t change the company’s assets, liabilities, or stockholder’s equity  Until Ryan start work, their financial position is not changes  Each transaction has a dual effect  When one side increases then the other side does as well  At times the transactions will not affect the total on either side  Carl’s Jr. buys new cash registers for the store with cash o Asset (cash) goes down o Asset (equipment) goes up  You can know if a transaction affects the accounting equation by thinking if the impact on the company’s assets  You have $60,000 in cash o That’s the cash account balance  If you get $2,000 in cash from a customer o The cash account is $62,000  Transaction (1): Issue Common Stalk o The company gets $25,000 cash from investors o Those investors become owners of the company by getting shares of common stalk  Transaction (2): Borrow Cash From The Bank 3 o You borrow $10,000 from the bank and sing a note promising to pay them back in 3 years (IOU)  Transaction (3): Purchase Equipment o Once a company gets financing by issuing common stalk and borrowing from the bank o The company can invest in long-term assets for the business o Buying equipment from a supplier cause an asset (equipment) to increase and another asset (cash) to decrease  Transaction (4): Pay For Rent In Advance o When a company pays rent in advance ($6,000) o Because the rent was paid in advance its recorded as an asset  That’s called prepaid rent o Other prepaid assets are  Prepaid insurance  Prepaid advertising o Paying rent in advance causes 1 asset to increase o Paying rent in advance causes 1 asset to decrease  Transaction (5): Purchase Supplies On Account o The term “on account” means that cash was not paid then and there  Cash will be paid in the future o Supplies are an asset (resources) of a company o The promises to pay later is an obligation (a liability) o The term “payable: means to be paid in the future o Buying supplies with a promise for future pay causes an asset (supplies) to increase and a liability (accounts payable) to increase Effects of Transactions on the Expanded Accounting Equation  Stockholders equity can be broken into 2 components 4 o Common stalk o Retained earnings  Common stalk = investments by stockholders  Retained earnings = net income over a period of time that has not been distributed (dividends) to stockholders (owners)  Retained earnings can be broken into 3 parts o Revenue o Expenses o Dividends Expanded Accounting Equation  We add revenues to calculate retained earnings o Revenues increase net income o Net income increases stockholder’s equity o An increase in revenues has the effect of increasing stockholder’s equity  In the basic accounting equation o We subtract expenses and dividends to calculate retained earnings  Expense reduce net income  Dividends represent a distribution of net income to stockholders  Expenses and dividends reduce stockholders claims to a company’s resources  An increase in expenses and dividends has the effect of decreasing stockholder’s equity in the basic accounting equation  Transaction (6): Provide Services For Cash o Companies record revenues at the time they provide goods and services to customers is the revenue recognition principle o Providing services to customer for cash causes and asset (cash) and stockholders’ equity (service revenue) to increase 5 o An increase in service revenue increase stockholder’s equity by increasing the retained earnings account o When a company record revenue, the mount of retained earnings increases  Transaction (7): Provide Services On Account o According to the revenue recognition principle providing services customers causes revenue o When services are performed “on Account” and it’s an asset and is called accounts receivable o Providing services to customers causes an asset (accounts receivable) and stockholders equity (service revenue) to increase  Transaction (8): Receive Cash In Advance From Customers o When a company gets cash from customers for a future service  You can’t get revenue or record that as an asset until you provide those services o Revenue recognition principle  This transaction creates an obligation for the company to perform a service in the future  This future obligation is a liability (debt)  Referred to as a deferred revenue o Receiving cash in advance causes an asset (cash) and a liability (deferred revenue) to increase  Deferred revenue is not revenue, it’s a liability until acted upon  Transaction (9): Pay Salaries To Employees o Cash paid to employees is a salaries expense o Paying salaries to decrease for the current period causes an asset (cash) to decrease and stockholders’ equity to decrease (salaries expense decrease) o An increase in salaries expense decreases retained earnings 6 o Expense reduce net income and reduce retained earnings o When a company has a cost that benefits future periods  Its typically recorded as an asset rather than an expense  Transaction (10): Pay Cash Dividends o A dividend is a cash payment to the owners (stockholders) o Paying dividends causes an asset (cash) to decrease and stockholders’ equity to decrease (and dividends to increase) o Like expenses, dividends reduce retained earnings  Dividends are not an expense! o An increase in dividends results in a decrease in retained earnings Debits and Credits  Debit and credit  Increase and decrease o Those terms are synonymous Effects on Account Balances in the Basic Accounting Equation  Debit = left  Credit = right  The balances of amounts in each of those categories an increase or decreases when a transaction happens  Increases in assets as debits  Decreases in assets as credits  Increases in liabilities and stockholders’ equity as credits  Decreases in liabilities and stockholder’s equity as debits Effects on the Accounting Equation in the Expanded Accounting Equation  In the expanded equation we include the components of stockholders’ equity 7 o Common Stalk o Retained Earnings  And the components of retained earnings are o Revenue o Expenses o Dividends  Revenues increase retained earnings o Revenues is a credit account o So increase revenue with a credit  Expenses decreases retained earnings  Increase expenses with a debit  A debit to an expense is a debit to retained earnings, decreasing the accounts  Dividends decrease retained earnings o Record an increase in dividend with a debit  When a company earns revenue o Credit the revenue account because the amount of revenue increases  When a company has expenses o Debit the expense account because the amount of expenses increases  The retained earnings account is a stockholders’ equity account usually has a credit balance o The retained earnings amount has 3 components  Revenues (increased by credits)  Expenses (increased by debits)  Dividends (increased by debits)  D E A D o Debit o Expenses o Assets o Dividends  C R L S o Credit o Revenues o Liabilities 8 o Stockholders equity Recording Transactions in a Journal  A journal provides a chronological record of all transactions affecting the firm  A journal entry is used to describe the transaction o Date Debit Credit o Account name………………………………………..Amount o Account name (description of transaction) …………………Amount Posting to the General Ledger  Collecting all transactions affecting an account in one place is called posting  Posting is the process of transferring the debit and credit information from the journal to individual accounts in the general ledger  The general ledger provides a single location of all the transaction affecting each account and the account balance Trial Balance  After the journal entire to the ledger have been posted o The sum of the accounts with debit balances should equal the sum of the accounts with credit balances  A trail balance is a list of all accounts and their balances at a particular date showing the total debits equal total credits 9 Ch. 2 Example Problem 2 3 4


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