GENERAL JOURNAL Definition

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GENERAL JOURNAL is the most basic of journals. It is a chronological list of transactions. It has a very specific format for recording each transaction. Each transaction is recorded separately and consists of: 1.) a date; 2.) any and all accounts to receive a debit entry are listed first with an amount in the appropriate column, then; 3.) any and all accounts to receive a credit entry are indented and listed next with an amount in the appropriate column; 4.) a clear description of the transaction. At least one line is then skipped to visually separate recorded transactions.

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COMPLIANCE PANEL is a multi-member committee chartered to investigate conformance to laws, rules or regulations. On many occasions they may be empowered by government agencies to make rulings as to compliance or non-compliance of any entity under their perusal.

DR, in accounting, is an acronym for Debit Record. See DEBIT RECORD.

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