Paid Cash on Account Journal Entry

A paid cash on account journal entry is needed when a business has paid cash to a supplier and the amount is not allocated to a particular supplier invoice or the supplier has not yet been invoiced.

For example, suppose a business is provided with design services and has paid cash of 2,000 to a supplier. The cash payment needs to be debited to the suppliers accounts payable account.

The paid cash on account journal entry will be as follows.

Paid Cash on Account Journal Entry

The accounting records will show the following bookkeeping entries for the cash paid on account to the supplier:
Paid Cash on Account Journal
Account Debit Credit
Accounts payable 2,000
Cash 2,000
Total 2,000 2,000

Paid Cash on Account Bookkeeping Explained


The amount is debited to the accounts payable account of the supplier to record the fact that the cash has been paid to them. It will later be allocated to an invoice posted on the account of the supplier.


Cash has been paid by the business and needs to be credited to the asset account of cash.

Accounting Equation for Paid Cash on Account Journal Entry

The Accounting Equation, Assets = Liabilities + Owners Equity means that the total assets of the business are always equal to the total liabilities plus the equity of the business. This is true at any time and applies to each transaction. For this transaction the Accounting equation is shown in the following table.

paid cash on account journal entry

In this case one asset cash decreases as the cash is paid by the business to the supplier. On the other side of the accounting equation a liability (accounts payable) decreases as the money paid to the supplier reduces the amount owed.

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Last modified January 27th, 2020 by Michael Brown

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Chartered accountant Michael Brown is the founder and CEO of Double Entry Bookkeeping. He has worked as an accountant and consultant for more than 25 years and has built financial models for all types of industries. He has been the CFO or controller of both small and medium sized companies and has run small businesses of his own. He has been a manager and an auditor with Deloitte, a big 4 accountancy firm, and holds a degree from Loughborough University.

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