Double-entry is an accounting technique in which every event is recorded in two separate accounts. The event is recorded in one account as a credit, and in the other account as a debit.

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What would be the appropriate account for written off loans to friends and family?

In the past I have lent some money to friends and family, which I have not gotten back. I don't want to ask them for the cash, but I do want to clean up my accounts. How would I record this in my ...
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What's an account called that always balances to 0?

I use a pretty standard double-entry system in GnuCash (Income/Expenses, Assets/Liabilities). With my wife going back to school this fall, I did something in my accounting that I haven't done before: ...
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In double entry accounting, as an employee, how do I enter expenses?

I'm new to accounting and just started using GnuCash for my personal finances. Question As an employee (not a company), how would you enter the following transaction into GnuCash? Situation I ...
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How to record a transaction with more than one purpose?

Suppose I pay with my credit card, £15 at a store, where £10 is for stationery used for my business meeting which is a claimable expense, and £5 is for my lunch which is a personal expense. I think ...
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Double-entry bookkeeping conundrum - how to log built-in fees?

So today I was trying to figure out how to do some double-entry bookkeeping for one of my projects. The service is similar to a bank teller - it accepts money on one end, charges some fees, and gives ...
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In double-entry book keeping, is income always negative?

I've begun trying to learn some money managing techniques, but when fiddling with gnucash I've found that in double-entry accounting, where all money has to come from somewhere, the income accounts ...
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How do I do double-entry bookkeeping for separately-managed investment accounts?

Double-entry bookkeeping is new to me but is something I'm trying to apply to our personal finances. The area I am struggling with is how to deal with our investments. We have a mix of Canadian RRSP ...
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Double-entry accounting: how to keep track of mortgage installments as expenses?

Context: I am new to double-entry accounting, I use GnuCash for my personal family bookkeeping. At the moment, the main goal for me is to keep track of incomes/expenses of our family over time. For ...
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Accounting for paying bills for (and being reimbursed by) another person

I an currently using Gnucash to manage my expenses. I am new to double-entry accounting and find many aspects of it to be confusing. Here's a situation that currently happens monthly. I'd like to know ...
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Where to record existing assets when starting double-entry accounting

Very rarely would anyone start recording their accounting with zero assets or liabilities. Question is - under which account would you record them? Specifically, if you own property, you would debit ...
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How to record the finding of 10 dollars lying on the street and their subsequent placement into one's wallet (in gnucash)?

Within gnucash: within the Cash in Wallet account: description: found some money in the street transfer: Imbalance-USD or create a new arbitrary one-off account called something like "Penny Lane" ...
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How do I enter a house sale into my accounting package?

We sold our house and purchased a new one. The money from the sale went into our lawyer's trust account, and then was passed onto the vendor that sold us the new house. In my accounting package, I ...
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How to record existing double entries in GnuCash

For example if I transfer $ 5,000.00 from my checking to savings a/c on 6/1 these two entries appear in my bank a/c statement - Checking: 6/1 -5,000.00 Transfer to checking a/c YYY Saving: ...
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In double entry accounting, how do I enter a loan?

I have taken an accounting course several years ago, but I'm a little rusty. I'm using GnuCash, double entry accounting software. I have a loan from a friend, so no interest. I have paid about half ...
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How to account for Capital Gains (Losses) in double-entry accounting?

After taking an introductory financial accounting class, I decided to use GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances. I have 5 major accounts in my general ledger: Equity Currently only used to ...
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Software for keeping track of Loans and expenses between multiple people

I am keeping track of the finances for an eco-village using double entry book-keeping with GNUCash. I like it so far, but we are keeping track of loans we have taken out from many individuals (no ...
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How should I record the changing value of an investment in accounting software?

I have the following (simplistic) structure set up in GnuCash, but this should apply to other software too: Assets Bank account Pension Income Salary Interest Every month, my salary is ...
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Correct method of recording bank transfer in double-entry accounting

What is the correct way to record the transfer of funds between 2 accounts of the same type (ie checking account to savings account)? Since they are both debit accounts, wouldn't crediting one and ...
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Starting with GnuCash. How to eliminate automatic entries ending up in the “unbalanced” account?

I just started using GnuCash and there is something I do not quite get how to get rid of (and whether I should try to get rid of). When I start importing transactions, I have expenses, income, etc. ...
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Accounting: Should a fee on an amount payable be applied in AR or AP account?

An application I'm building has a simplistic double-entry accounting component to it to keep track of funds passed owed to various parties. I'm unclear on how certain entries should be applied. Take ...
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How do I add my income to my personal finance balance?

I've never understood accounting really, apart from the basic concepts. Supposing I want to keep a better track of my money, I'm using Excel at this moment. I guess I need to move to some double entry ...
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Comprehensive tutorial on double-entry personal finance?

Can anyone recommend a comprehensive tutorial on using double-entry accounting to manage personal finances? I've read a few articles that make double-entry seem worth learning, but I'm struggling with ...