Entry for a Free Sale

by Dilani

Q: What is the journal entry for selling goods for no value (i.e. giving it away for free)?


A:
Good question.

If the goods had value, let's say office furniture worth $300. And now you donate it to charity. Then you would:

Dr Donation (expense) $30
Cr Office furniture (asset) $30


If the goods had zero value, for example a machine that cost $1,000 and has been depreciated over 10 years to $0, and now you are giving it away for free, then you would simply cancel out the debit balance of the asset account ($1,000) by crediting it and cancel out the credit balance of the accumulated depreciation account ($1,000) by debiting it:

Dr Acc. Depr. (asset) $1,000
Cr Machine (asset) $1,000

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