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Journal entry for pre paid expenses

Sometimes ago, I have written about how to prepare balance sheet in tally. If you read my old post, then you will know about some basics of accountancy which as accountant you must know. Accounting of journal entry of prepaid expenses is  a must for preparation and finalization of accounting statements as well as to find out the actual profit/loss during the time by the entity

Proper accounting of prepaid expenses is such a basic accounting feature which an accountant must know and understand the same. So you must know what expenses should be  determined as prepaid expenses for journal entry purpose.

In a computerize accounting software like tally, preparing a balance sheet is not as easy as ABC or just pressing certain keys of the key board. However it will be a half-cooked  balance sheet as an accountant should be needed  to pass several journal entry before he generate a perfect balance sheet.

in my earlier post on how to prepare a balance sheet, I have covered several journal entry that should be posted   in the books of account. Today I will explain one more such journal entry that  needs to pass for finalization of books of account. This journal entry is about prepaid expenses.

What is pre-paid expenses?

As the name suggest, it is an expenses which is paid in advance and mostly these expenses are relating to Insurance expenses. A prepaid expenses is calculated and decided on the base of the period covered by that expenses and period covered by the books of account.

Let me explain you with example

A company paid insurance premium on plant and machinery for Rs. 1,00,000 as date 1st June 2009. Now check the period of the policy document. The period is stipulated by the insurance policy is starting from 1st June 2009 to 31st May, 2010.

Now as per the Income tax Rules, books of accounts are required to be prepared as per financial year e.g. from 1st April to 31st March.

So, in the above example Insurance premium pertaining to the period 1st June to 31st March, 2010 only will be accounted in the books of account for the FY 2009010 (In other words it will be debited to profit and loss account) and the balance insurance expenses for the month of April 2010 and May 2010 should be debited to the profit and loss account of the FY 2010-11

So, in the FY 2009-10 two months insurance premium will be shown as advance payment of expenses (Pre paid Expenses under the group loans and advances or current assets) and on the first day of the next year (FY 2010-11 in this case) prepaid insurance expenses entry which was made on 31st March, 2009 is required to be reversed.

to calculate prepaid insurance in the above example, divide entire expenses of Rs.1,00,000 by 12 months it will come out 8333. now multiply it with 2 months period that is relating to next Financial year and will be accounted  as pre paid expenses

Now, Let’s see how to pass this entries in the books of account,


When the insurance premium of Rs. 1,00,000 paid as on 1st June, 2009 the entry will be made as per below :

Dr. Insurance premium Rs. 100,000.00

Cr. Bank account Rs.100000.00

(Being amount paid towards Insurance premium for the period…… vide policy number…..)

On 31st March 2009, prepaid expense journal entry will be passed as per below for the above expenses

Dr. Prepaid Expenses   Rs. 16,667.00

Cr. Insurance premium Rs. 16,667.00

(Being two months insurance premium transfer to prepaid expenses account)

On 1st April,2010, the above entry will be reversed in the books of account by Dr. Insurance premium and crediting Prepaid Expenses with the same amount i.e. Rs. 16,667.00


As explained above, any expenses paid in advance as on date of closure of books of account is to be treated as pre paid expenses. Generally following types of transactions are to be looked for prepaid expenses and for this purpose the period covered by the expenses is very important to determine whether an expenses consist a portion of the pre paid expenses

If you need further explanation, then don’t hesitate to drop your comment here.

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Mahendra is founder and CEO of the I Vision Infotech, Authorised Tally Sales and Service Partner and helping Tally users to learn Tally and accounting free through this site

Leave a Reply 47 comments

ALI - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Sir

Can u jst give me examples for advance rent , office rent

Thanks Regards

MEGHNATH - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Sir,
Please advise us journal entry for shop rent paid in advance on 1st June 2010 (4 quertly post dated cheque paid)

Mahendra Rana - 6 years ago Reply

Surely, I can help you but only if you post your query with your Tally serial number

sonali - 6 years ago Reply

i have no idea to pass the entry & how to pass the entry in tally 9.0

Goutam - 6 years ago Reply

What is normal journal entry for pre paid expenses?

Anil - 5 years ago Reply

Hi Sir,

Thanks for your valuable explanation. We might required you for further information relating to basic accounts.

Thanks & Regards,

Chethana - 5 years ago Reply

Sir i want to know what type of voucher is prepaid expenses/prepaid incomes/ outstanding expenses/ outstanding incomes in tally

rakesh - 5 years ago Reply

An example of expensing prepaid expenses would be if a company had a one-year insurance policy cost of $1200. As each month elapses, $100 of prepaid insurance would be expensed to the income statement until the account is empty at the end of the year.

swaathi - 5 years ago Reply

what is the journal entry when insurance premium paid for purchase of new vehicle

Shamshad Qazi - 5 years ago Reply

1. Advance Rent:

(a) Prepaid Advance …..Dr. 72,000
To Cash/Bank 72,000
(Being Rent paid in advance for 6 months @ 12,000=12,000*6=72,000)July to Dec 2011.

(b)Rent …..Dr. 12,000
To Prepaid Rent 12,000
(Being the rent paid for July,2011)

So,the entry in (b) is passed every end of the month till Dec,2011. July,Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov and Dec,2011.

pavan - 5 years ago Reply

thank you sir

pre paid expencess entry

Raheem - 5 years ago Reply

Dear sir,

How we consider the Post dated cheq Payment for the Prepaid Rent .
Example: My financial year is end of December and PDC Date is 31/March/2011
do we consider the payment Or We consider the Expense for the Periode?

hema kumar - 5 years ago Reply

outstanding expenses 31/12/2011 expenses A/c Dr
O/S expenses A/c
next financial year we will pay to the expenses than how to write the entry

Mahendra Rana - 5 years ago Reply

That’s very year Dr.O/s Expense A/c and credit suppliers

sudheesh o v - 5 years ago Reply

sir,i wish to join an accountant post in cardamam estate ,they using tally 7.2 can u help me

shadat - 5 years ago Reply

Thanks for the answer i hereby request you please give the answer below question.

1.How to pass the entry of depreciation. to pass the entry of Insurance.

3.Trading A/c And Profit & Loss A/c And Balance sheet

4.How to reconcile the supplier and customer and Bank.

I will grateful to answer this question send through my above e-mail ID

kamal debnath - 5 years ago Reply

how to make entry in tally if i pay rent of march in april next finc year,

how to pass entry in tally.

prateek sharma - 5 years ago Reply

under which group prepaid a/c is created ???

M.Periyasamy - 5 years ago Reply

How to reconcile the supplier and customer and Bank

madani kk - 4 years ago Reply

dear sir
regarding the above explined prepaid exp. inthe case of insurance which one we transferd to prpaid exp how will post next year

Alkesh Patel - 4 years ago Reply

Thanks a lot sir
for giving these ready to use manual for Accounting tips which are very useful for all of my friend who are in this same filed.

Again Thanks a lot

Alkesh Patel

abdulla - 4 years ago Reply

Sir i know how to pass the journal entry…
but prepaid expenses should come under wat head?

Ravi Shankart - 4 years ago Reply

prepaid the group of (P&l A/c) indirect exp.head

Sagar R Sah - 4 years ago Reply

Thanks for the articles. Its really very helpful in order to clear the concepts and rectify the errors. I want to know about the entry in the case where there is LOSS DUE TO THEFT/FIRE, in Tally. What & How the entry should be made.

rajani - 4 years ago Reply

I have an inventory itom nemely A & it has two Quality namely 1 & 2 then how can I maintain stock

divya - 4 years ago Reply

sir, the entry for payment of outstanding expenses is
Outstanding expenses———————-Dr
Cash a/c—————————————Cr
In tally 9.0, I am not able to enter it in the payment voucher. What might be the reason please reply

Chetan Kalyan - 4 years ago Reply

If i paid prepaid tax how will i pass jv for prepaid tax every month?

Nishant Kumar Jha - 4 years ago Reply

sir what entry should be pass for five hundred advance given to ram and he spend two hundred for office expense and he return three hundred.

shabana - 4 years ago Reply

I am working in accounts field since 15 years but not able to use proper terms of accounts, many times cannot differentiate between credit bal and debit bal and…..
not yet learnt to finalise the books of accounts, please guide me

aymana hajis - 4 years ago Reply

hi i want to know how to enter inventory in tally

mahender kumar - 4 years ago Reply

mr nishant

i tel u some thing if i am wrong u can tel me ……supose u give to 500 for exp.he 200 exp for office…….u pas the payment entry misc exp is debit and cash bokk is crdit…….and 300 u count u cash book when u will do the closing

mahender kumar - 4 years ago Reply


prepaid a/c u can do the current assets group a/c

Biplab nandy - 4 years ago Reply

Thanks for the answer i hereby request you please give the answer below question.

1.How to pass the entry of depreciation. to pass the entry of Insurance.

3.Trading A/c And Profit & Loss A/c And Balance sheet

4.How to reconcile the supplier and customer and Bank.

I will grateful to answer this question send through my above e-mail ID

amit kumar - 3 years ago Reply

what is difference discount and cash discount

Sneha - 3 years ago Reply

how to check the brs in tally

Sekhar - 3 years ago Reply

I have to book 2 months of rental income for the previous year ( Feb/mar’13) so how do I provide this ?Pl advise

Amit - 3 years ago Reply

Dear Sir ,
Please can u tell me if their insurance period is come for middle date expiry .. how i calculate it for prepaid expenses ?

e.g.policy period 29.04.13 to 28.04.14 . for Rs. 86112 insurance amt. paid

our fy year is Jan-13 to Dec-13 please suggest me with tally entries.


Amit - 3 years ago Reply

Dear Sir,

Can u explain abt medical insurance policy entries ? how to deal with medical insurance and what entries will be pass for that if we claim for insurance in tally 9

Thanking you


sabeena - 3 years ago Reply

sir withdrawn a cash from bank how it will reflect in contra entry

manivel .m - 3 years ago Reply

may I know the journal entry for cash paid in advance for the purchase of goods
Thank you

M.ARVINDAKSHAN - 3 years ago Reply

please give me full details of journal entry for finalization of accounts with examples

Glenn Macwan - 3 years ago Reply

Hello Dear Sir,

first of all i thanking you to develop this super sites for everyone & so sir please suggest me that i have in query, i want to know about whom to call Financial Year & Assessment Year? so i want to know about that…. i also want to know about journal entries like vat tax entry & how to pass?? so please explain me in details….

sakil ahmed - 3 years ago Reply


I created a pay head for income tax with a specified formula and also prescribed slab. But when i put for auto fill option for salary entry of employee it did not calculate tax as per slab. Straight away it calculates tax on highest slab. Is there any setting that i have missed . Please suggest me


Rakesh - 3 years ago Reply

hello Sir
i m working as accountant in emx world
i want to know if i m give some money example 10000 for office stationer through bank account and staff spend 8000 thousand for stationer and 2000 thousand return in cash then how to pass a entry
my tally serial no. is 755280585 Registerd Name emx events and entertainment pvt. ltd

sanjay chavan - 3 years ago Reply

wich type of entry comes in journal. please tel me Sir

Naresh.Chavada - 3 years ago Reply

Very thankful to given information

prathima - last year Reply

paid for auto fare how to show in tally

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