TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Definition

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TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY is all claims on the company's total assets, by outsiders (liabilities) and the company owners/shareholders (equity).

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TRIAL BALANCE is a listing of the accounts in your general ledger and their balances as of a specified date. A trial balance is usually prepared at the end of an accounting period and is used to see if additional adjustments are required to any of the balances. Since the basic accounting system relies on double-entry bookkeeping, a trial balance will have the same total debit amount as it has total credit amounts.

DIRECT WRITE-OFF METHOD is a method of accounting for bad debts that records the loss from an uncollectible account receivable at the time it is determined to be uncollectible; no attempt is made to estimate uncollectible accounts or bad debt expense.

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