What is the Difference Between Debit Note and Credit Note?


Difference Between Debit Note and Credit Note

Debit and credit notes are an important part of today’s business culture as corporations have grown large and so have their credit sales and purchases.

Accounts payable management and accounts receivable management include dealing with credit and debit notes on a daily basis. Therefore, knowing the difference between a debit note and credit note is important.

 Debit Note

1. When a buyer returns goods to the seller, he sends a debit note as an intimation to the seller of the amount and quantity being returned and requesting the return of money.

2. A debit note is sent to inform about the debit made in the account of the seller along with the reasons mentioned in it.

3. The purchase returns book is updated on the basis of the debit note. (In case of return of goods)

4. It is often used to return goods on credit.

5. A debit note is generally prepared like a regular invoice and shows a positive amount.

6. Journal entry to record a debit note in the books of seller

 Sales Returns A/C  Debit
   To Debtor’s A/C  Credit

 

Template for Debit Note
Sample Format of a Debit Note

 


Related Topic – Accounts Payable with Journal Entries

Credit Note

1. When a Seller receives goods (returned) from the buyer, he prepares and sends a credit note as an intimation to the buyer showing that the money for the related goods is being returned in the form of a credit note.

2. A credit note is sent to inform about the credit made in the account of the buyer along with the reasons mentioned in it.

3. The sales return book is updated on the basis of the credit note. (In case of return of goods)

4. It is generally sent by the seller if the goods are found incomplete, damaged or incorrect.

5. A credit note generally shows a negative amount.

6. Journal entry to record a credit note in the books of buyer

 Creditor’s A/C  Debit
   To Goods Returned A/C  Credit

 

 

Template for Credit Note
Sample Format of a Credit Note

 

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