Adjusting Entries: Fill In the Blanks FAQs
An adjusting entry is made to correct an error or imbalance in a company's financial records, while a regular journal entry records everyday transactions.
Adjusting Entries are necessary to ensure that a company's Financial Statements accurately reflect its financial position. Without Adjusting Entries, Financial Statements would be inaccurate and potentially misleading.
Common examples of Adjusting Entries include Depreciation, accruals, and deferrals.
The process for making an adjusting entry is generally as follows: determine the adjustment amount and then record the adjustment in a journal entry. Post the journal entry to the appropriate accounts in the General Ledger, and lastly, reconcile the accounts affected by the adjustment.
An adjusting Trial Balance includes only those affected by adjustments, while a regular Trial Balance consists of all of the accounts in a company's General Ledger.
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