Why are Reversal Entries Used?

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Why are Reversal Entries Used?
« on: March 29, 2019, 01:53:28 AM »

Reversing entries are usually made to simplify bookkeeping in the new year. For example, if an accrued expense was recorded in the previous year, the bookkeeper or accountant can reverse this entry and account for the expense in the new year when it is paid. The reversing entry erases the prior year’s accrual and the bookkeeper doesn’t have to worry about it.

If the bookkeeper doesn’t reverse this accrual enter, he must remember the amount of expense that was previously recorded in the prior year’s adjusting entry and only account for the new portion of the expenses incurred. He can’t record the entire expense when it is paid because some of it was already recorded. He would be double counting the expense.
Md. Arif Hassan
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Department of Business Administration
Faculty of Business and Economics
Daffodil International University