Transposition Error: Definition

Transposition error is an error that occurs when digits are reversed while recording them. For example, 87 may be recorded as 78, or 420 as 402.

A slide refers to the entry of a number with incorrect placement of decimal points, such as recording 2.170 as 21.700 and 4.500 as 450.

How to Locate and Rectify Transposition Errors

A quick way to check for either a transposition or a slide is to find the difference between the debit and credit column totals of the trial balance and divide this amount by 9.

If the answer does not have a remainder, this indicates that either a transposition error or a slide may have been made. To find these types of errors, you should carefully check all amounts in the trial balance against the ledger account balances.

It is important to ensure that all balances are correctly copied, and you may need to check the ledger back to the general.

It is also important to determine what type of error has been made. This is because the approach used to correct an error depends on the type.

Example

A payment of $89 was journalized for a telephone bill as a debit to a telephone expense account by $98. It was also credited to cash by $98.

This is an example of a transposition error, where the digits are reversed in the amount.

We can correct this error by making a debit entry to cash by $9 and a credit entry to telephone expense by $9.

Rectification Entry

Transposition Error Rectification Entry

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a transposition error and a slide?

A transposition error is an error that occurs when digits are reversed while recording them. For example, 87 may be recorded as 78, or 420 as 402. A slide refers to the entry of a number with incorrect placement of decimal points, such as recording 2.170 As 21.700 And 4.500 As 450.

How to catch transposition errors?

To catch a transposition error in your work, always check your math and ensure that the numbers add up properly both with your work and when compared to previous calculations made by yourself or others on the same project/assignment/spreadsheet/etc.

Can a transposition error be corrected if the amount is not evenly divisible by 9?

No, a transposition error can only be corrected if the amount is evenly divisible by 9. If it is not, then the error is a slide, which can only be corrected if the amount is evenly divisible by 3.

What is the best way to correct a transposition error?

The best way to correct a transposition error is to make a debit entry to cash by the amount of the error and a credit entry to the account with the incorrect balance by the amount of the error.

What is a transposition error?

A transposition error is an error that occurs when digits are reversed while recording them. For example, 87 may be recorded as 78, or 420 as 402. A slide refers to the entry of a number with incorrect placement of decimal points, such as recording 2.170 As 21.700 And 4.500 As 450.

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