Trial Balance

The trail balance is an accountant’s report used to confirm that all debits and credits are equal in the accounting input process. It is also used to organized information and via a working trial balance, adjust existing information to comply with other accounting formats: cash basis, tax basis, GAAP and so on.

Working Trial Balance

Working Trial Balance

The accounting profession uses various tools to generate accurate accounting information at the close of accounting cycles (monthly, quarterly and annually). The primary document is the working trial balance. It is very similar to the traditional trial balance except there are additional columns used to identify various adjustments and the corresponding source documents (work papers).

Bookkeeping – Accounting Cycles (Lesson 29)

Economic Cycles

The bookkeeping cycle is like a huge giant clock with several dozen gears from a multiple cog gear rotating the most frequently turning cog cascading into the one large gear that once turned changes the timer one year forward. The bookkeeper’s job is to make all the gears click and keep the system lubricated. At the end of the year, hopefully the final gear moves one click on time and the process starts all over.

Bookkeeping – Debits and Credits with the Trial Balance (Lesson 16)

The primary report used by accountants is the trial balance. It is the job of the bookkeeper to make sure that it is in balance and that there are no abnormal values within the respective types of accounts. This lesson sums up the prior 15 lessons and illustrates the trial balance with a condensed version and an expanded version.

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