Errors of Omission
Errors of Omission: Definition
When some transactions are completely omitted from the books of accounts or entered but not posted, they are treated as errors of omission.
Types of Errors of Omission
There are two types of errors of omission:
The transaction is recorded in the books but not posted to the ledger. This type of error can happen in any subsidiary book.
For example, goods purchased and returned to the supplier may be entered in the purchase returns book but not posted in the debit of supplier account.
Partial omissions are easy to locate, but this is not the case with complete omissions. One can only learn about such errors when the statement of accounts is received from or sent to creditors or debtors, as the case may be.
Effect on Accounts
The ledger will have no record of the transaction because there will be no debit or credit entry in the ledger.
Rectification of Entry
The transaction is recorded in the general journal in the same way that it would have been recorded when it originally took place. The reason for the delay is given in the narration.
A credit note for $2,750, received from Hattar Wholesalers, was misplaced and not recorded in the books. It was discovered two months later on 21 July 2017. For this reason, the following rectification entry was made in the journal.
About the Author
True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®
True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.
True contributes to his own finance dictionary, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.