What is the Journal Entry for Discount Allowed?

Discount Allowed

Discounts are very common in today’s business world, they are generally provided in lieu of some consideration which can range from timely payments to market competition. While posting a journal entry for discount allowed “Discount Allowed Account” is debited.

Discount allowed acts as an additional expense for the business and it is shown on the debit side of a profit and loss accountTrade discount is not shown in the main financial statements, however, cash discount and other types of discounts are supposed to be recorded in the books of accounts.

In case of a transaction where both trade discount and cash discount are allowed, the trade discount is allowed first and then the cash discount is processed.

Related Topic – Journal Entry for Discount Received


Journal Entry for Discount Allowed

It is journalized and the balances are pushed to their respective ledger accounts.

Cash A/C Debit Real A/C Dr. What comes in
Discount Allowed A/C Debit Nominal A/C Dr. All expenses
 To Debtor’s A/C Credit Personal A/C Cr. The giver

Discount allowed ↑ increases the expense for a seller, on the other hand, it ↓ reduces the actual amount to be received from sales.


Simplifying the entry with the help of modern rules of accounting

Explanation and rules for journal entry for discount allowed

Discount allowed by a seller is discount received for the buyer. The following examples explain the use of journal entry for discount allowed in real-world events.


Examples – Journal Entry for Discount Allowed

  • Cash received for goods sold to Unreal Co. worth 50,000 along with a 10% discount. (Discount allowed in the regular course of business)
Cash A/C 45,000
Discount Allowed A/C 5,000
 To Unreal Co. A/C 50,000


  • Received 5,000 from Unreal Co. in full and final settlement of their account worth 10,000. (Discount allowed to settle an overdue payment)
Cash A/C 5,000
Discount Allowed A/C 5,000
 To Unreal Co. A/C 10,000


Short Quiz for Self-Evaluation



>Read Journal entry for goods given as charity or free samples


* indicates required