Double-Entry Bookkeeping System

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What is the primary purpose of the double-entry bookkeeping system?

To ensure the balance between debits and credits

According to the accounting equation, what is the relationship between assets, income, and capital?

A + E = C + L + I

Which type of account is increased by a debit entry?

Asset

What type of transactions require manual journal entries, even when using accounting software?

Non-cash transactions

What is the advantage of the double-entry bookkeeping system?

It ensures the accuracy of accounting records

What is the result of following the double-entry rules?

The accounting equation remains in balance

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The double-entry bookkeeping system is a financial accounting method that records a company's financial transactions in at least two accounts, ensuring the balance between debits and credits. This system is based on the accounting equation, which is extended to include income and expenses as follows:

A + E = C + L + I

where:

  • A represents assets
  • E represents expenses
  • C represents capital
  • L represents liabilities
  • I represents income

The double-entry rules dictate that:

  • If a transaction increases an asset or expense account, the value of this increase must be recorded on the debit or left side of these accounts.
  • If a transaction increases a capital, liability, or income account, the value of this increase must be recorded on the credit or right side of these accounts.

This system ensures that the accounting equation remains in balance, providing a check and balance for each transaction and improving the accuracy of accounting records. Activities such as renting office space, depreciation, and interest calculation require manual journal entries, even when using accounting software, to document non-cash transactions and maintain the integrity of the financial information.

Test your understanding of the double-entry bookkeeping system, which records financial transactions in at least two accounts, ensuring the balance between debits and credits. Learn about the accounting equation, double-entry rules, and how to maintain accurate accounting records.

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