Rent Expense Journal Entry Example
Q: Prepare the journal entry for the following transaction:
Paid rent $200.
A: The rent expense journal entry is not too complicated:
CR: Bank / Cash.............................$200
Probably the easiest part of working out the journal entry is the cash (or bank).
Our cash (or bank) is our asset and this asset is decreasing.
Assets increase on the left side (debit) and decrease on the right side (credit).
So our asset, cash or bank, is credited.
The next thing is to work out the debit entry.
You can do this by simply asking yourself, "What did we pay for?"
The answer, of course, is rent.
Rent is an expense account.
Expenses are always debited,
meaning that we make an entry with them on the left side.
This is because expenses (1) reduce profit (2), which belongs to the owner (3).
The owner's equity occurs on the right side of our equation and expenses occur on the opposite side to this (left side).
So our expense, rent, is debited.
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