Expense account for mortgage principal
linux at codehelp.co.uk
Fri Mar 25 19:54:33 EST 2005
On Saturday 26 March 2005 12:11 am, Jim wrote:
> Interest Expenses:Interest Mortgage 25.00
> Tax Expenses:Taxes:City Property 25.00
> Principal Liabilities:Loan Mortgage Loan 50.00
> Payment Assets:Bank Account 100.00
> This seemed to work fine until I ran an income/expense report.
It sounds like you are trying to deal with a liability as if it was an
expense. There was a similar discussion on this list about local taxes, in
My example is that if there is a debt that must be paid from your estate upon
death, it is a liability. If payments cease upon death, it's an expense. It's
a little simplistic but it does help to show the difference.
Your estate remains liable for a debt after death, your expenses stop.
> problem I'm seeing is that the Principal doesn't show up as an expense.
Because it isn't an expense. It's a payment off a balance - a liability.
> I'd like to use this report as an indication as to what my cashflow
> 'really' is.
If it's a variable rate mortgage, there is no way of knowing. The rate is
going to change again before it's paid off. Any indication would be a guess
and it won't come out that different to the original plan, i.e. somewhere
around 25yrs in full term. I guess you knew that.
> That is, I'd like to see how much I'm really coming out
> ahead (or behind) every month.
That's your Equity.
> I'm thinking that the solution is to
> create another Expense Account for principal Payments.
?? That's just ignoring the reality that this is a liability, not an expense.
> 1. Is this acceptable accounting?
Not to me.
> 2. If so, How/Where should I place the other entry to balance the
> principal payment?
It is balanced, it's balanced with the liability.
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