Adding a partner to an existing partnership can result in either goodwill or bonus journal entries depending on which method of accounting is used. The purchase of partnership interest can be undertaken at a valuation equal to, more than, or less than book value.
This tutorial deals with consignment accounting and accounting for consignment sales. A consignment is a term used to refer to an arrangement whereby goods are sent by their owner (consignor) to an agent (consignee) who holds and sells the goods on behalf of the owner for a commission. It is important to understand that the agent never owns the goods.
This tutorial deals with the joint venture accounting when no legal entity is formed and each business only maintains bookkeeping records for its own transactions. This type of joint venture accounting treatment, where there is no legal entity, is referred to as a joint operation or jointly controlled operation.
Accounting for the liquidation of a partnership involves four steps to be completed, sell non cash assets, allocate the gain or loss on sale to the partners using the income ratio, pay any partnership liabilities, and finally distribute the remaining cash to the partners using the capital ratio.
The distribution of partnership income is the process of sharing the net income or net loss of a partnership between the partners in proportion to the income sharing ratio.
In the absence of a partnership agreement, each partner will receive an equal share of the net income or net loss of the partnership. For a two partner firm, this would mean that the income sharing ratio could be expressed as 1:1.
As a business grows it may be necessary to involve additional people either to obtain access to more capital or to provide expertise. One way of introducing additional people is to form a partnership.
When a partnership is formed each partner will normally introduce capital into the partnership. The capital can either be cash or alternatively in a non-cash form such as machinery, vehicles, accounts receivables or buildings which are accounted for at fair value.