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The Income Summary account has a credit balance of $10,240 (the revenue sum). The eighth step in the accounting cycle is preparing limited liability, which includes journalizing and posting the entries to the ledger. Now, it’s time to close the income summary to the retained earnings (since we’re dealing with a company, not a small business or sole proprietorship). Expense accounts have a debit balance, so you’ll have to credit their respective balances and debit income summary in order to close them.

What do closing entries include?

These permanent accounts form the foundation of your business’s balance sheet. Let’s investigate an example of how closing journal entries impact a trial balance. Imagine you own a bakery business, and you’re starting a new financial year on March 1st. The last step of an accounting cycle is to prepare post-closing trial balance. Notice that the balances in interest revenue and service revenue are now zero and are ready to accumulate revenues in the next period.

  1. The main change from an adjusted trial balance is revenues, expenses, and dividends are all zero and their balances have been rolled into retained earnings.
  2. The closing entries are the journal entry form of the Statement of Retained Earnings.
  3. If the trial balance doesn’t balance, there must be an arithmetical problem.
  4. However, if the company also wanted to keep year-to-date information from month to month, a separate set of records could be kept as the company progresses through the remaining months in the year.

Debiting Expense to Income Summary

When you compare the retained earnings ledger (T-account) to the statement of retained earnings, the figures must match. It is important to understand retained earnings is not closed out, it is only updated. Retained Earnings is the only account that appears in the closing entries that does not close. You should recall from your previous material that retained earnings are the earnings retained by the company over time—not cash flow but earnings. Now that we have closed the temporary accounts, let’s review what the post-closing ledger (T-accounts) looks like for Printing Plus.

I: Income Summary

Permanent accounts (also known as real accounts) are those ledger accounts whose balance continues to exist beyond the current accounting period (i.e., these accounts are not closed at the end of the period). In the next accounting period, these accounts usually (but not always) start with a non-zero balance. All balance sheet accounts are examples of permanent or real accounts.

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Journal entries required for transferring them to such account is called a ‘closing entry’. The owner’s drawing account will be zero and the owner’s drawing account will be closed by crediting the owner’s drawing account and debiting the capital account. If there is a net loss, the income summary account is also closed, with the income summary account being credited and the capital account being debited.

Temporary vs Permanent Accounts

An accounting period is any duration of time that’s covered by financial statements. It can be a calendar year for one business while another business might use a fiscal quarter. In essence, we are updating the capital balance and resetting all temporary account balances. Income and expenses are closed to a temporary clearing account, usually Income Summary. Afterwards, withdrawal or dividend accounts are also closed to the capital account.

This process ensures that your temporary accounts are properly closed out sequentially, and the relevant balances are transferred to the income summary and ultimately to the retained earnings account. It is also possible to bypass the income summary account and simply shift the balances in all temporary accounts directly into the retained earnings account at the end of the accounting period. The accounts that need to start with a clean or $0 balance going into the next accounting period are revenue, income, and any dividends from January 2019. To determine the income (profit or loss) from the month of January, the store needs to close the income statement information from January 2019. Since dividend and withdrawal accounts are not income statement accounts, they do not typically use the income summary account. These accounts are closed directly to retained earnings by recording a credit to the dividend account and a debit to retained earnings.

The business has been operating for several years but does not have the resources for accounting software. This means you are preparing all steps in the accounting cycle by hand. In this chapter, we complete the final steps (steps 8 and 9) of the accounting cycle, the closing process. You will notice that we do not cover step 10, reversing entries. This is an optional step in the accounting cycle that you will learn about in future courses.

A closing entry is provided for the closing of income-expenditure accounts. All these accounts are shown in the income statement, and their effect is short-term. That is, their utility ends during the relevant accounting period. If the debits in the T-account exceed the credits, then the T-account has a debit balance representing a net loss for the period. If the credits exceed the debits, the T-account has a credit balance representing net income for the period. If your business is a corporation, you will not have a drawing account, but if you paid stockholders, you will have a dividends account.

We will debit the revenue accounts and credit the Income Summary account. The credit to income summary should equal the total revenue from the income statement. The first entry requires revenue accounts close to the Income Summary account. To get a zero balance in a revenue account, the entry will show a debit to revenues and a credit to Income Summary.

Otherwise, there must be a problem if the business is consistently at a loss. Because you paid dividends, you will need to reduce your retained earnings account, which is what this entry accomplishes. This transaction increases your capital account and zeros out the income summary account. Revenue is one of the four accounts that needs to be closed to the income summary account. This is the adjusted trial balance that will be used to make your closing entries. Any remaining balances will now be transferred and a post-closing trial balance will be reviewed.

As a result, all temporary accounts will have data for the entire calendar year. Business Consulting Company, which closes its accounts at the end of the year, provides you with the following adjusted trial balance as of December 31, 2015. This entry zeros out dividends and reduces retained earnings by total dividends paid.

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Temporary (nominal) accounts are accounts that are closed at the end of each accounting period, and include income statement, dividends, and income summary accounts. These accounts are temporary because they keep their balances during the current accounting period and are set back to zero when the period ends. Revenue and expense accounts are closed to Income Summary, and Income Summary and Dividends are closed to the permanent account, Retained Earnings. Closing entries, also called closing journal entries, are entries made at the end of an accounting period to zero out all temporary accounts and transfer their balances to permanent accounts.

The Final Step of Closing Entries is closing the Dividends account. Then, making sure Dividends are paid to shareholders at the end of the fiscal year, the Dividends account would be credited, and Retained Earnings would be debited. The income Summary Account would be Credited, and Retained Earnings would be debited. Retained Earning is the company’s profit after paying all costs, taxes, and dividends. The Second Step of Closing Entries is closing the Expense Account.

Dividends are paid by Cash, so the transaction balance of paid tips would be demonstrated under Financial Activities. Operating expenses include employee salaries and office supplies incurred by a firm to maintain it. The cost of goods sold (materials, direct labor, manufacturing overhead) and capital expenditures (larger expenses such as buildings or machines) are not included in operating expenses. The cost of goods sold is an account that displays the balance of the total cost amount that the company used to produce the products sold.

The permanent account to which the balances of all temporary accounts are closed is the retained earnings account in the case of a company and the owner’s capital account in the case of a sole proprietorship. There may be a scenario where a business’s revenues are greater than its expenses. This means that the closing entry will entail debiting income summary and crediting retained earnings. But if the business has recorded a loss for the accounting period, then the income summary needs to be credited. Made at the end of an accounting period, it transfers balances from a set of temporary accounts to a permanent account. Essentially resetting the account balances to zero on the general ledger.

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