Memorandum Reconciliation Account

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Subject Matter Experts

Updated on March 05, 2023

What Is a Memorandum Reconciliation Account?

The reconciliation of cost and financial accounts can also be presented in the form of an account prepared on a memorandum basis. Such an account is known as a memorandum reconciliation account.

The amount of profit as per cost accounts is shown on the credit side of this account. Also, the various items to be added to the profit as per cost accounts are credited to this account, and the items to be deducted from profit as per cost accounts are debited to it.

The difference between the two sides of the account will reveal the amount of profit or loss as per the financial accounts.

Specimen of Memorandum Reconciliation Account

A specimen of the memorandum reconciliation account is presented below.

Memorandum Reconciliation Account Specimen


The net profits of a manufacturing company were shown in the financial records as $64,500 for the year ended 31 March 2019. The cost books, however, showed a net profit of $86,460 for the same period.

Careful scrutiny of the figures from both the sets of accounts revealed the following facts:

  • Income tax provided in financial books = $20,000
  • Bank interest credited in financial books = $250
  • Works overhead under-recovered in cost books = $1,550
  • Depreciation charged in financial books = $5,600
  • Depreciation recovered in costing books = $6,000
  • Loss due to obsolescence charged in financial accounts = $2,800
  • Interest on investments not included in cost accounts = $4,000
  • Stores adjustments (credited in financial books) = $240
  • Loss due to depreciation in stock value charged in financial books = $3,350

Required: Prepare the following:

  • Reconciliation statement
  • Memorandum reconciliation account



Reconciliation Statement


Memorandum Reconciliation Account Example

Memorandum Reconciliation Account FAQs

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.

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