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PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS 6. 2 FORMATION OF A PARTNERSHIP  Defined in the Partnership Act 1890 as the relationship between two or more people engaging in.

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1 PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS 6

2 2 FORMATION OF A PARTNERSHIP  Defined in the Partnership Act 1890 as the relationship between two or more people engaging in business for profit

3 3 FORMATION OF A PARTNERSHIP  Three important factors must be present in a partnership: Ùpartners must be carrying on a business, not one isolated business transaction Ùmust be agreement between two or more legally competent people who must be the business co-owners Ùpartners must have intent to make a profit

4 4 FORMATION OF A PARTNERSHIP  Partnerships are separate accounting entities to the partners (owners)  Owner’s Capital Accounts are kept for each individual partner  Each partner has the right to share in the profits and manage the business

5 5 PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT  Partnership agreement Ùdoesn’t always exist, making it difficult to establish if a partnership actually exists Ùif there is no formal partnership agreement then the Partnership Act applies Ùagreement is essential because partnerships: xhave unlimited liability xhave a limited life death of partner insolvency of partner retirement of partner

6 6 PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT  name of business  details of each partner  nature of business  division of profit and losses  capital contributions  authority, rights and duties of partners  details of salaries  drawings and interest on drawings  interest on capital  voting and decision- making procedures  admission of new partners  resolution of disputes  bankruptcy, death or retirement of partners

7 7 PARTNERSHIP ACT 1890  If there is no partnership agreement in writing, or if it does not cover an area of dispute, matters may be resolved by reference to the Partnership Act Ùe.g. Act states all profits and losses are to be shared equally, so if profit ratio is not defined in an agreement, the Act is applied ÙPartners will receive interest at 5% on excess capital (ie over and above that which they have agreed to contribute) ÙNo interest on drawings ÙNo salaries

8 8 ADVANTAGES OF PARTNERSHIP  Creation and dissolution is easier than a company  Minimal statutory regulations  Resources can be pooled  Expertise can be utilised  Co-ownership of assets  Duties and responsibilities are shared

9 9 DISADVANTAGES OF PARTNERSHIP  Liability is unlimited (partners own personal possessions can be used to pay debts owed by the business)  Partnership may cease if a partner dies, retires or becomes bankrupt  Disagreements between the partners can occur  Limits to raising large amounts of capital  Partners can be sued by creditor, jointly or individually  Partners are likely to pay higher income tax

10 10 LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNER  Governed by the Limited Liability Partnership Act 1907  Liability is limited to the amount of capital invested by the partner  A Limited Partner has no say in the Management of the Partnership business

11 11 PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS  CURRENT ACCOUNTS Ùworking accounts containing details of profit, loss, drawings and interest on capital invested or charged on drawings  CAPITAL ACCOUNTS Ùpartner’s original capital put into the business is considered to be ‘fixed’ Ùcapital account of each partner is usually unchanged unless additional capital is invested

12 12 PARTNERSHIP ACCOUNTS  CREATION OF NEW PARTNERSHIP - ACCOUNTING ENTRIES ÙCan be created in two ways xthe introduction of cash only, entered in the cash account and the partner’s capital account xthe introduction of cash and other assets; entered in the cash and asset accounts and the partner’s capital account

13 13 PROFIT DISTRIBUTION  PROFIT-SHARING RATIOS ÙProfits and losses are shared in the way partners feel most appropriate ÙProfit share can be determined in various ways: xAmounts are shared on the basis of the amount of capital contributed by each partner xHigher profit may go to a partner bringing something of particular value into the business, such as specialised expertise

14 14 PROFIT DISTRIBUTION  PROFIT AND LOSS APPROPRIATION ACCOUNT ÙNet profit or loss is transferred to this account from the profit and loss account ÙAdditions are made for Interest on Drawings (this is to discourage partners from making drawings from the business) ÙDeductions are made for Interest on Capital or any Salaries paid to partners ÙResidual Profits are then shared, as agreed, according to Profit Sharing ratios

15 15 PROFIT AND LOSS APPROPRIATION ACCOUNT Profit and Loss Appropriation Account for Able, Bable and Cable Net Profit Add Interest on Drawings Less Interest on Capital Salary – Able Residual Profit: Shared: Able 1/3 Bable 1/3 Cable 1/3 £16, ,500 £2,500 £5,000 £7,500 £9,000 £3,000 £9,000

16 16 PROFIT DISTRIBUTION  ALLOCATION AS PER PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ÙInterest on capital may be payable ÙInterest may be charged for drawings taken out of the business ÙThere may be a provision for the payment of a salary of a particular partner ÙInterest may be payable on loans to partners by the business or loans by partners to the business

17 17 PROFIT DISTRIBUTION  LOAN ACCOUNTS ÙWhere a partner makes a loan to the business, the debit is to bank and the credit to loan account in that partner’s name  DRAWINGS ÙWhere a partner withdraws cash from the business in anticipation of profits earned, the current account is debited and cash/bank is credited

18 18 ADMISSION OF NEW PARTNER  REASONS FOR A NEW PARTNER ÙMay bring in new products and/or customers to the business ÙMay bring specialised expertise to the business ÙAllows the business access to further capital ÙMay bring in additional assets ÙMay provide new business contacts ÙMay be a requirement due to death, retirement or bankruptcy of an existing partner

19 19 ADMISSION OF NEW PARTNER NEW PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT  ADJUSTING THE EXISTING BUSINESS ÙAll existing partners must agree on the admission of a new partner ÙAssets of the business should be revalued before a new partner is admitted ÙLiabilities need to be reviewed for accuracy in valuation ÙGains and losses to existing partners from new business value will be made at the existing profit-sharing ratio

20 20 STEPS TO ADMIT NEW PARTNER 1.Review value of assets (see later slide) 2.Consider inclusion of goodwill (see next slide) 3.Record changes in the Ledger Accounts 4.Open a Goodwill Account and adjust the existing partners Capital Accounts according to their existing profit-sharing ratio 5.Prepare opening ledger entries for new partner 6.Calculate partners’ new profit-sharing ratio 7.Prepare a new Statement of Financial Position ie Balance Sheet

21 21 ADMISSION OF NEW PARTNER  GOODWILL ÙGoodwill can be defined as future benefits from assets that cannot be individually identified e.g. reputation, customer database, management ability, product, location ÙGoodwill is an asset and as such appears in the Balance Sheet as an Intangible Asset ie one which cannot be seen

22 22 Recording Goodwill  When the partnership is revalued: ÙDebit the Goodwill Account with the value of the increase in the value of the business (premium) ÙCredit the existing partners Capital Accounts according to their profit-sharing ratio

23 23 REVALUATION OF ASSETS  Before admitting a new partner to the business, the Assets should be revalued: ÙSome eg Buildings may have appreciated in value ÙSome eg Machinery may not be worth as much as the Net Book Value in the Balance Sheet – perhaps insufficient amounts for depreciation has been written off over the years

24 24 Accounting for Revaluation  Adjustments to the relevant accounts should be made ÙEg If Buildings have appreciated, the Buildings Account would be Debited and the Revaluation Account Credited ÙIf there has been insufficient depreciation written off machinery, the Machinery depreciation account would be credited and the Revaluation Account Debited ÙThe balance on the Revaluation Account would then be transferred to the Partners Capital Accounts according to their profit-sharing ratio

25 25 PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION  REASONS FOR DISSOLVING A PARTNERSHIP ÙPartner(s) may give notice of intention to dissolve ÙInsolvency of a partner ÙOwnership changes e.g. converting to company ÙInability to trade profitably ÙDeath of partner ÙVoluntary agreement by partners ÙCourts may also rule to terminate the partnership

26 26 KEY TERMS  Capital Accounts  Capital Adjustment Account  Current Account  Revaluation of Fixed Assets  Fixed Capital Account You should be aware of the following terms when dealing with Partnerships and be able to give clear definitions as well as know how to account for each:

27 27 KEY TERMS  Interest on Capital  Interest on Drawings  Partnership Act  Partnership Agreement  Profit and Loss Appropriation Account  Profit-sharing Ratios


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