What are the Essential Rules of Accounting?

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Accounting Rules

Are you familiar with the rules of accounting? Have you ever heard someone refer to the rules of accounting and wondered what exactly they were talking about?

Below are the rules of accounting and what each of these rules means:

Debit the Receiver―Credit the Giver

According to quora.com, this principle is used in the case of personal accounts. When a person gives something to the organization, it becomes an inflow and therefore the person must be credited in the books of accounts. The converse of this is also true, which is why the receiver needs to be debited.

Debit What Comes In―Credit What Goes Out

By default, every account has a debit balance. When you debit to the account, you are automatically adding to your existing account balance. This is what needs to be done. Just as when credit goes out it needs to be adjusted accordingly.

Debit All Expenses and Losses―Credit All Incomes and Gains

This rule is applied when dealing with nominal accounts. In most cases, the capital of a company is a liability which means by default it is a credit balance. If you credit all incomes and gains you automatically increase your capital and when you debit expenses and losses you automatically decrease your capital.

Are you still not sure about how you should utilize the rules of accounting? Leave your questions in the comments below and one of our trained CPAs can help you better understand how to implement the rules of accounting into your business.

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