What are Accumulated Profits and Losses?

Accumulated Profits and Losses is the sum of an enterprise’s profits and losses, after the payments of dividend, since the enterprise’s initiation. It can also be termed as either retained capital, retained earnings or earned surplus.

Often, an enterprise might have accrued profits not yet transferred to capital accounts of the partners. These are usually in the firm of general reserve, reserve fund and/or Profit and Loss Account balance. The new partner is not entitled to have any share in such accumulated profits. These are allocated among the partners by transferring it to their capital a/c in old profit sharing ratio. Correspondingly, if there are some accrued losses in the form of a dr (Debit) balance of P and L account appearing in the balance sheet of the firm.

The journal entries for the Accumulated Profits and Losses account is as follows:

What are Accumulated Profits and Losses?

Below is an illustration mentioned for the clear picture :

Ravinder and Sudhinder are partners in an enterprise sharing profits in the ratio of 4:1. On 15th of April, 2017 they admit Muninder as a new partner. On that date there was a balance of Rs. 20,000 in general reserve and a debit balance of Rs. 10,000 in the profit and loss account of the firm. Pass necessary journal entries regarding adjustment of a accumulate a profit or loss.

What are Accumulated Profits and Losses?

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