What is a trial balance?
A Trial Balance is the listing of all the ledger accounts (asset, liability, owner's equity, revenue and expenses) with their respective debit and credit balances as of a particular date.
What is the difference between trial balance and balance sheet?
Trial Balance is a summary of Financial Statement accounts showing debits and credits for each account after preparation of journal entries.
Balance sheet, on the other hand, gives the list of all the ledger accounts with their respective debit and credit balances as on a particular date without recording any journal entries.
How are transactions recorded in accounting books?
Transactions are recorded in accounting books of accounts by following the process known as double entry Bookkeeping.
Each transaction involves a debit to one account and corresponding credit to another account for balancing the two sides of the ledger. Experience has shown that debits must equal credits for an entry to be true or correct.
What is the procedure to prepare a trial balance?
To prepare Trial Balance, first of all list all the asset, liability, owner's equity, revenue and expenses accounts with their respective debit and credit balances as of a particular date prepared. Now total the debit side which will give you debits amount. Similarly total the credit side which will give you credits amount. If both these sides (debits and credits) add, then your Trial Balance is correct. Otherwise there may be some errors.
What are various methods to prepare trial balance?
Trial Balance can be prepared by two methods: (1) balance method (2) total method.