What is a Compound Journal Entry?

Compound Journal Entry

Compound means a thing that is composed of two or more separate components. Similarly, when used in accounting, a compound journal entry means a journal entry which includes multiple accounts that are either debited or credited, unlike a simple journal entry which only includes 1 debit and 1 credit.

In other words, an entry which has more than one account in debit, credit, or both is termed as a compound journal entry.


Explanation with Example

  • On January 7, YYYY, 9,500 received in cash from Unreal Pvt Ltd. as the full and final settlement of their account worth 10,000. (Allowed a discount of 500)
DateParticularsLF.DebitCreditType of Account*Rule Applied*
7 Jan YYYYCash A/C 9500 Real A/CDr. What comes in 
 Discount Allowed 500 Nominal A/CDr. All losses 
 To Unreal Pvt Ltd.      10,000Personal A/CCr. The giver  

*Used for the explanation purposes.

In the above example of a compound journal entry, there are 2 accounts being debited and 1 account being credited. There are other examples of such entry where you will find more debits than credits or multiple accounts being credited and debited at the same time and so on. It all depends on the complexity of a transaction.


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