Closing Entries

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Editorial Team

Updated on February 22, 2023

What Are Closing Entries?

Closing entries are the journal entries used at the end of an accounting period.

These entries are made to update retained earnings to reflect the results of operations and to eliminate the balances in the revenue and expense accounts, enabling them to be used again in a subsequent period.

When Are Closing Entries Passed?

Closing entries are passed on the last day of the financial year. Examples of closing entries include:

  • Closing entry for the transfer of all closing balances of assets
  • Closing entry for the transfer of all closing balances of liabilities

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About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

To learn more about True, visit his personal website, view his author profile on Amazon, or check out his speaker profile on the CFA Institute website.

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