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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
43 views

GnuCash during holiday: expenses in foreign currency

I am using GnuCash for keeping track of my personal finances. My currency is mostly Japanese Yen and I live in Japan. I keep track of every single Yen, every single purchase. Now I am going on ...
5
votes
3answers
241 views

What is the difference between equity and assets?

I am (going to be) using GNU Cash, which uses the double-entry method; I use it for personal finance. Reading various tutorials for GNU cash, it lists 5 types of accounts: income, expense, assets, ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

Accounting for reimbursements that exceed actual expenses

When I travel on business, my employer pays for my meals by reimbursing me at a statutory "per diem" rate. Often this exceeds the amount I actually spend on meals. How should I account for the ...
0
votes
2answers
96 views

Simplified version of double-entry bookkeeping for personal and business finance?

I currently manage my personal finances based on a single-entry bookkeeping. It turns out that it doesn't fit my needs in the long run. After learning about double-entry bookkeeping and researching ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

Double entry accounting: as an employee, how do I enter expenses in foreign currency?

I use gnucash. For my company expenses I follow advices from In double entry accounting, as an employee, how do I enter expenses? and I am happy with the results. But I get to travel often to country ...
0
votes
1answer
119 views

GnuCash, how do I book loan from credit card, being paid back with salary? [duplicate]

I am doing double-entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to track my personal finances. Sometimes I spent money on expenses which my employer is supposed to spent, and I later get reimbursed. For example, I ...
1
vote
1answer
327 views

How to account for shares in a double entry accounting system [closed]

I am using a double-entry bookkeeping system. Currently, only actual journals (purchases, sales, credit notes, cheques, deposits, transfers, etc.) are recorded in the system. Reports like Trial ...
1
vote
0answers
55 views

How to record HSA-reimbursable medical transaction into gnucash?

I'm using gnucash to record my finances (but it should apply to any double entry accounting system). I wonder how should I record transactions for medical expenses which I can reimburse from HSA (and ...
1
vote
1answer
163 views

Double entry bookkeeping for a defined benefit pension scheme

I'm a member of the UK's Civil Service pension scheme nuvos which is a defined benefit scheme and I use double-entry bookkeeping software (Gnucash). Every month this happens on my payslip: ...
4
votes
1answer
109 views

How to double-entry bookkeep money incoming from sold items

I started doing double entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances, down to the penny. I have as assets my back account and "cash in wallet", and many expense accounts for ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

In double entry book keeping terminology, what is the term or expression for when a journal entry both debits and credits the same account?

I configure point of sale software and thus deal with my clients' accounting people. I need to know how to properly express to them this situation, when they describe it. Thank you.
0
votes
1answer
59 views

Newest transactions added on top, not bottom, of accounts in GnuCash?

In GnuCash, with ascending date the transactions are listed from top to bottom. Is there a way to have the transactions listed with ascending date from bottom to top? I.e. I want the newest ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

How can I find out in GnuCash how much I have spent in a given time period?

I started doing double entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances, down to the penny. I think I am familiar with most of the basics of double entry bookkeeping, I took a ...
4
votes
1answer
419 views

How to record a written put option in double-entry accounting?

I have been using double-entry accounting to carefully track my financial situation for a couple of years now, but I am just dabbling with stock options for the first time. I wrote a put option (sold ...
8
votes
1answer
406 views

What should I do when the reality of money present and the amounts in GnuCash differ?

I started doing double entry bookkeeping with GnuCash to keep track of my personal finances, down to the penny. I think I am familiar with most of the basics of double entry bookkeeping, I took a ...
1
vote
0answers
92 views

Get GnuCash to use the Opening Balances account for new accounts

I’m still new to GnuCash, and as such I’m setting up all my accounts. When I first created the file, I didn’t add all my accounts because I wanted to set up only a few at a time. The accounts I did ...
1
vote
1answer
128 views

Representing a personal loan with double entry

I have received a family loan (no interest or penalties, just a friendly loan) from my parents which is deposited into my savings account for my bank. I'm having issues understanding how I should ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

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: ...
2
votes
4answers
776 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
158 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
83 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
402 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
251 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
586 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
145 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
315 views

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" ...
6
votes
1answer
146 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
326 views

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: ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
20k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
210 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
505 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
8k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

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. ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
184 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...