What is Closing Stock?

Closing Stock is the number of goods that remained unsold at the end of an accounting period. Closing Stock is always valued at the end of the year. Therefore, it is generally given outside the Trial Balance.


Treatment of Closing Stock in the financial statements


Firstly, it is recorded with the given amount on the Credit side of the Trading Account and

Secondly, being an asset, it is shown on the Assets side of the Balance Sheet under the head Current Assets.


When both ‘Cost Price’ and ‘Market Price’ of Closing Stock is given


Sometimes, it may happen that the two values of closing stock i.e. ‘Cost’ and ‘Market Price’ are given in the question. In such a case, the closing stock is recorded in the books by following the accounting convention of ‘Conservatism’. As per this, the closing stock is valued at its ‘Cost’ or ‘Market Price’, whichever is less. That is, if, at the end of the year, the market price of the closing stock becomes lower than its cost, then closing stock will be recorded in the books at its market price and vice versa. It is done in order to provide for the anticipated loss in the value of the stock. Conservatism Principle states that “One shall not anticipate a profit but shall always provide for all prospective losses”. This makes sure that the assets and incomes are not overstated, while the liabilities and losses are not understated.

For example, some goods were purchased at a cost of Rs 15,000. At the end of the year, its realizable value in the market is Rs 18,000. In this case, the closing stock will be valued at Rs 15,000 and not at Rs 18,000.


In case Closing Stock is given Inside the Trial Balance


There may be a situation when the value of the closing stock is not given outside the Trial Balance. Rather, it is given inside the Trial Balance. This implies that closing stock is already adjusted in the purchases and purchases given in the Trial Balance represent the Net Adjusted Purchases.

Algebraically, Net Adjusted Purchases can be written in the following form:
Net Adjusted Purchases = Purchases + Opening Stock – Closing Stock

From the above equation, it can be inferred that purchases given in the Trial Balance, are adjusted with both- opening as well as closing stock.

As we know, that adjustments given inside the Trial Balance are recorded only in one place. As in this case, Closing Stock is given inside the Trial Balance, so, it is shown only in the Balance Sheet and not in the Trading Account.


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What are Adjusting Entries?

In order to incorporate adjustments in the financial statements, we pass the required Journal entries, which are termed as adjusting entries.

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Difference between Balance Sheet and Trial Balance

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Difference between Fixed assets and Current assets

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