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    Accounting Adjusting Entries Help (serious)

    The problem gave me a trial balance and a bunch of adjusting entries to do for it. I have done them all except 2.

    - Advertising paid in advance $700

    On the trial balance, the only advertising account is Advertising Expense which has a balance of $6,700


    - Office supplies on hand $1,500, charged to office expense when purchased

    On the trial balance, the only office supplies account is Office Expense with a balance of $5,000

    I dont get this. Why would they charge the office supplies to office expense when purchased, rather than just office supplies...
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    Originally Posted by Spartan32 View Post
    The problem gave me a trial balance and a bunch of adjusting entries to do for it. I have done them all except 2.

    - Advertising paid in advance $700

    On the trial balance, the only advertising account is Advertising Expense which has a balance of $6,700


    - Office supplies on hand $1,500, charged to office expense when purchased

    On the trial balance, the only office supplies account is Office Expense with a balance of $5,000

    I dont get this. Why would they charge the office supplies to office expense when purchased, rather than just office supplies...
    I think office supplies is just an inventory account like how much worth of office supplies you have, office supplies expense is what you use when you buy them.
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    Originally Posted by Spartan32 View Post
    The problem gave me a trial balance and a bunch of adjusting entries to do for it. I have done them all except 2.

    - Advertising paid in advance $700

    On the trial balance, the only advertising account is Advertising Expense which has a balance of $6,700


    - Office supplies on hand $1,500, charged to office expense when purchased

    On the trial balance, the only office supplies account is Office Expense with a balance of $5,000

    I dont get this. Why would they charge the office supplies to office expense when purchased, rather than just office supplies...


    If the advertising relates to future periods (paid in advance) it should not be expensed throught the P&L in the current period. You should debit/credit only balance sheet accounts.

    Paid in advance xx (debit)
    Cash (or bank) xx (credit)

    When purchasing office supplies you could record the following:

    Office supplies xx (debit)
    Cash & banks xx (credit)

    As you use the supplies you make the following journal entry

    Office supply expense xx (debit)
    Office supplies xx (credit)

    In practive however, if it is only $1,500 you could expense it immediately.
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    - Advertising paid in advance $700

    On the trial balance, the only advertising account is Advertising Expense which has a balance of $6,700

    My guess here is reduce the expense by the $700 and record an entry to prepaid assets or other assets. The offset may also be cash depending on what the entry is. I feel like I am missing so detail.

    Dr Prepaid Assets or Other Assets $700
    Cr Advertising Expense $700

    -or-

    Dr Prepaid Assets $700
    Cr Cash $700

    - Office supplies on hand $1,500, charged to office expense when purchased

    Reduce office expense by $1,500 and record an entry to other assets again

    Dr Prepaid Asset $1,500
    Cr Office Expense $1,500
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    [QUOTE=Spartan32;334868561]The problem gave me a trial balance and a bunch of adjusting entries to do for it. I have done them all except 2.

    - Advertising paid in advance $700

    On the trial balance, the only advertising account is Advertising Expense which has a balance of $6,700



    For this you want to
    debit Prepaid Advertising for 700
    Credit Advertising Expense for 700




    for the second entry
    Debit Office Supplies for 1,500
    Crdit Office Supplies Expense for 1,500
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