What's the best way to record this?
rflegel at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 09:24:24 EST 2011
On 4 January 2011 08:18, Mike or Penny Novack <stepbystepfarm at mtdata.com> wrote:
>> A have a related question to these types of accounts. Oftentimes,
>> these types of accounts ("loans" to/from friends) fluctuate one way to
>> another so they can be assets or liabilities at different points in
>> time. What's the best way to deal with this? Keep two accounts and
>> when either one hits zero switch to the other?
>> eg, if I owe a friend $100 and pay them $150, subtract the first $100
>> from the Liability and put $50 into an Asset account?
> Depends. Perhaps part of the trouble is not understanding at the debits vs
> credits level.
> An account of type "asset" is an asset if it has a net debit balance (normal
> state). If it has a credit balance it is a liability. An account of type
> "liability" is a liability if it has a net credit balance (normal state). If
> it has a debit balance it is an asset.
> What I would do is decide (based upon history) which way is normal for money
> owed between yourself and this friend and put the account there.
Thanks for the tip.
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