Hello in this presentation we will discuss the post closing trial balance and financial statements. When considering the financial statement relationship to the trial balance, we typically think of the adjusted trial balance that being used to create the financial statement. It’s important to note, however, that any trial balance that we use can be generated into financial statements. It’s just that the adjusted trial balance is the one that we have totally completed and prepared and ready. In order to create the financial statements to be as correct as possible as of the date we want them, which is usually the end of the month or the end of the year. Note that the names of the unadjusted trial balance the adjusted trial balance and the post closing trial balance are really a convention they’re all basically trial balances.
Hello in this section we will define the post closing trial balance. When seeing the post closing trial balance, it’s easiest to look at it in comparison to the adjusted trial balance and consider where we are at in the accounting cycle in the accounting process. When we see these terms such as the adjusted trial balance and post closing trial balance, as well as an unadjusted trial balance, we’re really talking about the same type of thing. We’re talking about a trial balance, meaning we’re going to have the accounts with balances in them. And we’re going to have the amounts related to them. And of course, the debits and the credits will always remain in balance. If it is a trial balance, no matter the name, whether it be just a trial balance on an adjusted trial balance and adjusted trial balance or a post closing trial balance.
Hello in this presentation we will discuss the reasoning for using a worksheet within the adjusting entry process, a worksheet like the one on the right where we have an unadjusted trial balance adjustments and then an adjusted trial balance. We typically think of this worksheet as outside of the normal journal entry process, meaning the normal journal entries that we are going to input will be in the general journal posted to the general ledger giving us more detail and then posted to the trial balance. And this case, we’re going to use a worksheet which will go straight to this adjusted column, and then show us the unadjusted balance the change and then the adjusted balance. If we were using accounting software like QuickBooks, then we would have the normal data input in the system we would produce then the unadjusted trial balance and put that into a worksheet such as this, and then work through this process to have our worksheet show the balances here. idea being that the worksheet in the adjusting process is going to be outside of the normal system.