Description of a Business Transaction

Describe what a business transaction is
accounting transaction is a business event having a monetary impact on
the financial statements of a business. It is recorded in the accounting
records of the business. Examples of accounting transactions are:
  • Sale in cash to a customer
  • Sale on credit to a customer
  • Receive cash in payment of an invoice owed by a customer
  • Purchase fixed assets from a supplier
  • Record the depreciation of a fixed asset over time
  • Purchase consumable supplies from a supplier
  • Investment in another business
  • Investment in marketable securities
  • Engaging in a hedge to mitigate the effects of an unfavorable price change
  • Borrow funds from a lender
  • Issue a dividend to investors
  • Sale of assets to a third party
Analysis of a Business Transaction
Analyses a business transaction
What’s the difference between a cash and credit transaction?
  • Transactions
    are the building blocks of our accounts. Any transactions that occur
    within our business should be present in our accounting records.
  • There
    are many different types of transactions to keep track of such as
    sales, purchases, and even more. A regular point of confusion that we
    come across when we talk to small businesses about their accounts is the
    difference between cash and credit transactions. So, what is the
  • The only difference between cash and credit
    transactions is the timing of the payment. A cash transaction is a
    transaction where payment is settled immediately. On the other hand,
    payment for a credit transaction is settled at a later date.
  • Try
    not to think about cash and credit transactions in terms of how they
    were paid, but rather, when they were paid. For example, you may buy
    some groceries at your local shop and pay for them in cash there and
    then, that’s a cash transaction. However, what if you paid by card
    rather than cash? That can also be classified as a cash transaction
    because you paid immediately.
  • On the other hand, credit
    transactions are paid at a later date than when the exchange of goods or
    services took place and almost all of time an invoice for the
    transaction is issued. The time period before payment can vary depending
    on the types of businesses or even the industry in which the
    transaction is taking place. Once again, when payment is finally settled
    for the invoice, it may be done with cash or card, or any other payment
    method but it is still a credit transaction.
  • Businesses will
    have a mixture of cash and credit transactions make up their accounting
    records. Some businesses may have the majority of their transactions be
    either one or the other and some will have a more even split. However,
    you would be hard pressed to find a business that didn’t have at least
    one cash or credit transaction occur during its lifetime.
  • Along
    with whether a transaction is classified as cash or credit another
    category is used to classify basic accounting transactions. We also need
    to know whether or not it is a sale, purchase or payment. This gives us
    a list of basic transactions:
  • 1. Cash sale
  • Some of
    these, like cash and credit sales as well as credit purchases are more
    common that the others but depending on what type of transaction we
    have, we can find a home for it in our accounts.
Changing Values of Things Owned and Owed
Sort the changing values of things owned and owed
refer to resources owned and controlled by the entity as a result of
past transactions and events, from which future economic benefits are
expected to flow to the entity. In simple terms, assets are properties or rights owned by the business. They may be classified as current or non-current.
A. Current assets
– Assets are considered current if they are held for the purpose of
being traded, expected to be realized or consumed within twelve months
after the end of the period or its normal operating cycle (whichever is
longer), or if it is cash. Examples of current asset accounts are:
  1. Cash and Cash Equivalents – bills, coins, funds for current purposes, checks, cash in bank, etc.
  2. Receivables
    – Accounts Receivable (receivable from customers), Notes Receivable
    (receivables supported by promissory notes), Rent Receivable, Interest
    Receivable, Due from Employees (or Advances to Employees), and other
  3. Inventories – assets held for sale in the ordinary course of business
  4. Prepaid expenses – expenses paid in advance, such as, Prepaid Rent, Prepaid Insurance, Prepaid Advertising, and Office Supplies
• Allowance for Doubtful Accounts – This is a valuation account which shows the estimated uncollectible amount of accounts receivable. It is a contra-asset account and is presented as a deduction to the related asset – accounts receivable.
B. Non-current assets 
Assets that do not meet the criteria to be classified as current.
Hence, they are long-term in nature – useful for a period longer that 12
months or the company’s normal operating cycle. Examples of non-current
asset accounts include:
  1. Long-term
    investments – investments for long-term purposes such as investment in
    stocks, bonds, and properties; and funds set up for long-term purposes
  2. Land – land area owned for business operations (not for sale)
  3. Building – such as office building, factory, warehouse, or store
  4. Equipment
    – Machinery, Furniture and Fixtures (shelves, tables, chairs, etc.),
    Office Equipment, Computer Equipment, Delivery Equipment, and others
  5. Intangibles – long-term assets with no physical substance, such as goodwill, patent, copyright, trademark, etc.
  6. Other long-term assets
• Accumulated Depreciation
– This is a valuation account which represents the decrease in value of
a fixed asset due to continued use, wear & tear, passage of time,
and obsolescence. It is a contra-asset account and is presented as a deduction to the related fixed asset.
Liabilities are economic obligations or payables of the business.
assets come from 2 major sources – borrowings from lenders or
creditors, and contributions by the owners. The first refers to
liabilities; the second to capital.
Liabilities represent claims by other parties aside from the owners against the assets of a company.
Like assets, liabilities may be classified as either current or non-current.
A. Current liabilities
– A liability is considered current if it is due within 12 months after
the end of the balance sheet date. In other words, they are expected to
be paid in the next year.
the company’s normal operating cycle is longer than 12 months, a
liability is considered current if it is due within the operating cycle.
Current liabilities include:
  1. Trade and other payables – such as Accounts Payable, Notes Payable, Interest Payable, Rent Payable, Accrued Expenses, etc.
  2. Current provisions – estimated short-term liabilities that are probable and can be measured reliably
  3. Short-term borrowings – financing arrangements, credit arrangements or loans that are short-term in nature
  4. Current tax liabilities – taxes for the period and are currently payable
  5. Current-portion of a long-term liability – the portion of a long-term borrowing that is currently due.
Example: For long-term loans that are to be paid in annual installments, the portion to be paid next year is considered current liability; the rest, non-current.
B. Non-current liabilities
– Liabilities are considered non-current if they are not currently
payable, i.e. they are not due within the next 12 months after the end
of the accounting period or the company’s normal operating cycle,
whichever is shorter.
In other words, non-current liabilities are those that do not meet the criteria to be considered current. Hah! Make sense? Non-current liabilities include:
  1. Long-term notes, bonds, and mortgage payables;
  2. Deferred tax liabilities; and
  3. Other long-term obligations
Account Balances
Determine account balances
Also known as net assets or equitycapital refers to what is left to the owners after all liabilities are settled. Simply stated, capital is equal to total assets minus total liabilities. Capital is affected by the following:
  1. Initial and additional contributions of owner/s (investments),
  2. Withdrawals made by owner/s (dividends for corporations),
  3. Income, and
  4. Expenses.
Owner contributions and income increase capital. Withdrawals and expenses decrease it.
terms used to refer to a company’s capital portion varies according to
the form of ownership. In a sole proprietorship business, the capital is
called Owner’s Equity or Owner’s Capital; in partnerships, it is called Partners’ Equity or Partners’ Capital; and in corporations, Stockholders’ Equity.
addition to the three elements mentioned above, there are two items
that are also considered as key elements in accounting. They are income and expense. Nonetheless, these items are ultimately included as part of capital.
to an increase in economic benefit during the accounting period in the
form of an increase in asset or a decrease in liability that results in
increase in equity, other than contribution from owners.
Income encompasses revenues and gains.
Revenues refer to the amounts earned from the company’s ordinary course of business such as professional fees or service revenue for service companies and sales for merchandising and manufacturing concerns
Gains come from other activities, such as gain on sale of equipment, gain on sale of short-term investments, and other gains.
is measured every period and is ultimately included in the capital
account. Examples of income accounts are: Service Revenue, Professional
Fees, Rent Income, Commission Income, Interest Income, Royalty Income,
and Sales.
are decreases in economic benefit during the accounting period in the
form of a decrease in asset or an increase in liability that result in
decrease in equity, other than distribution to owners.
Expenses include ordinary expenses such as Cost of Sales, Advertising Expense, Rent Expense, Salaries Expense, Income Tax, Repairs Expense, etc.; and losses
such as Loss from Fire, Typhoon Loss, and Loss fromTheft. Like income,
expenses are also measured every period and then closed as part of
Net income refers to all income minus all expenses.


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