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T-Account

What is a 'T-Account'

A T-account is an informal term for a set of financial records that use double-entry bookkeeping. The term T-account describes the appearance of the bookkeeping entries. If a large letter T were drawn on the page, the account title would appear just above the T, debits would be listed under the top line of the T on the left side and the credits would be listed under the top line of the T on the right side, with the middle line separating the debits from the credits.

Explaining 'T-Account'

In double-entry bookkeeping, a widespread accounting method, all financial transactions are considered to affect at least two of a company's accounts. Because of this, the credits and debits on each side of the T account must match. If a bookstore sold $20 worth of books, it might debit its cash account $20 and credit its books or inventory account $20. This double-entry system shows that the company now has $20 more in cash and a corresponding $20 less in books.


Further Reading


Functional Finance: What, Why, and How?
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Capital account liberalization, institutions and financial development: cross country evidenceCapital account liberalization, institutions and financial development: cross country evidence
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An Analysis of Bubbles in Modern Financial Economy <span style=[J]' src='/thumbnails/?img=http%3A%2F%2Fen.cnki.com.cn%2FArticle_en%2FCJFDTotal-SHDS200704014.htm' />An Analysis of Bubbles in Modern Financial Economy [J]
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The productivity of the banking sector: Integrating financial and production approaches to measuring financial service outputThe productivity of the banking sector: Integrating financial and production approaches to measuring financial service output
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Accommodationism, structuralism, and superstructuralismAccommodationism, structuralism, and superstructuralism
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Analysis of Financial Performance on Profitability with Non Performace Financing As Variable ModerationAnalysis of Financial Performance on Profitability with Non Performace Financing As Variable Moderation
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Banking the unbanked: What do 255 million new bank accounts reveal about financial access?Banking the unbanked: What do 255 million new bank accounts reveal about financial access?
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… Additionally, a T-account must always "balance" … Bonds with Randomly Determined Returns: Welfare Improving Randomization in the Context of Deficit Finance." Journal of Monetary Economics , Vol … Money, Capital and Other Stores of Value." American Economic Review , Vol …

Financial Accounting in an Economic ContextFinancial Accounting in an Economic Context
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Financial factors in economic fluctuationsFinancial factors in economic fluctuations
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Q&A About T-Account


Why do companies use double entry bookkeeping?

Double entry bookkeeping allows businesses to keep track of their finances more easily than if they used single entry accounting methods such as tallying columns or using ledgers .

How do debits and credits match up in double entry bookkeeping?

They must match up because all transactions affect at least two accounts, so if one account has a debit, another account must have a credit to balance it out. If one account has a credit, another account must have a debit to balance it out. For example, if you sold something worth $2 then your cash account will be debited by $2 and your inventory or books will be credited by $2. This shows that you now have $2 more in cash and corresponding $2 less in books/inventory. So each transaction affects two accounts which means they need to balance each other out when added together (debit + credit = 0).

Where would you find debits on a T-account?

Debits are listed under the top line of the T on the left side.

What is a T-account?

A T-account is an informal term for a set of financial records that use double entry bookkeeping.

What does the term T-account describe?

The term describes the appearance of the bookkeeping entries.

Who uses this method today ?

Many large corporations , governments , and nonprofit organizations use this system .

Who created this method of accounting ?

Leonardo da Vinci invented this method around 1494 .

Where would you find credits on a T-account?

Credits are listed under the top line of the T on the right side.