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What is a Contra Account?
How it is used in Practise:There are a number of situations where one account is used to offset another. One popular example is accumulated amortization, which is a contra-asset account; meaning that it acts in the opposite way of a regular asset account.
Assets are debited when increased, and contra-assets are credited when increased.
In this way, the accumulated amortization account would offset the related asset account, which is recorded as a debit. It is important to note that there are also contra-liability accounts, where an account with a debit balance offsets a liability account.
TransparencyBy using the concept of a contra account, it is possible to simply look at the accounting records of a given corporation and trace backwards the history related to certain debits and credits in the books, and how they are related to one another.
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