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# Journal Entry- Credits and Debits

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14 Sep 2010, 09:12
In our accounting class last night we went over Journal Entries with Credits and Debits. It was very confusing. Does anyone have an easy way of explaining it or a source I can check out?

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14 Sep 2010, 16:42
Debit are on the left-side, credits on the right (of a t-account).

Assets go up on the left, down on the right.

Liabilities go down on the left, up on the right.

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15 Sep 2010, 07:16
Barium wrote:
In our accounting class last night we went over Journal Entries with Credits and Debits. It was very confusing. Does anyone have an easy way of explaining it or a source I can check out?

Debit & credit are the foundation of a double entry system. Actually debit credit terminologies are not important. Its the double entry system that needs attention.

http://www.accountancy.com.pk/forum/top ... IC_ID=2056

http://www.futureaccountant.com/account ... credit.php
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15 Sep 2010, 08:34
Watch out for contra assets like allowance for AR and accumulated depreciation.
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20 Sep 2010, 10:54
Hussain15 wrote:
Barium wrote:
In our accounting class last night we went over Journal Entries with Credits and Debits. It was very confusing. Does anyone have an easy way of explaining it or a source I can check out?

Debit & credit are the foundation of a double entry system. Actually debit credit terminologies are not important. Its the double entry system that needs attention.

http://www.accountancy.com.pk/forum/top ... IC_ID=2056

http://www.futureaccountant.com/account ... credit.php

Thanks- those links help. I'm slowly starting to grasp it but its good to know that the terminology for credits/debits for non accountants is the opposite of those in the field. Just need to make the minor adjustment but pretty much Debit= Left and Credit =Right and what it does to journal entry after that point depends on its classification (asset, liability, equity, revenue, etc.)
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