Top 35 Source Documents in Accounting

Various types of source documents in accounting


Top 35 Source Documents in Accounting are the first source of information from which the accounting books are prepared. A source document is the document in which data for a transaction is collected. In addition, this supporting document will be used when recording journal entries for transactions. Also, it is a document that serves as the proof or source of the transaction.  

Top 35 Source Documents in Accounting are stated below:

1.Purchased order

These are sent by the buyer to the vendor. They will then outline exactly what the order should contain and when it should arrive.

2. Sales Invoice

This is made for account receivables. When an item is sold the seller will issue a document providing all the details of the sale.

3. Purchase Invoice

This is made for account payables. What the seller enters as sales invoice, the buyer will enter it as purchase invoice.

4. Debit Note

This is evidence of reduce in purchases. In customer books, debit note reduces how much they owe to the seller. This support purchases return journal.

5. Credit Note

This is evidence of reduce in sales. In supplier’s books, credit note reduces the amount owed by the customer. This support sales return journal.

6. Cheque

This is a special bank note that represents the cash being paid by the customer.

7. Revenue receipt

This is used to record the receipt of cash. A receipt is proof that the payment has been made.

8. Cash register receipts

This is a business paper that lists the money coming in from customers.

9. Bank advice

They are debit or credit bank advice. Bank credit advice is bank documents informing the business of an increase made in the business’s bank account. Bank debit advice is opposite of bank credit advice.

10. Deposit slips

When one receives cheque or cash from customer, the seller will take it to the bank and presented.

11. ATM cards

Received from the ATM machine as evidence that money was taken from the business bank account.

12. Bank statements

This is a summary of financial transactions that occurred at a certain institution during a specific time period. For example, a typical bank statement may show your deposits and withdrawals for a certain month.

13. Bill of exchange

This is an unconditional order in writing, addressed by one person to another, signed by the person giving it, requiring the person to whom it is addressed to pay on demand or at a fixed or determinable future time a sum certain in money to or to the order of a specified person, or to bearer.

14. Payroll report

This can also refer to the list of employees of a business and the amount of compensation due to each of them.

15. Cancelled Cheque

This is a check that has been paid or cleared by the bank it was drawn on after it has been deposited or cashed. The check is “canceled” after it’s been used or paid so that the check cannot be used again. A cancelled cheque is a cheque bearing the account holder’s name, account number and has CANCELLED inscribed across it.

16. Cheque Stubs

This is the part of a check that is kept by the payee with information such as the check number, date, and amount.

17. Employee Timecard

This is also called a timesheet, is a method for recording and tracking the amount of an employee’s time spent on each job

18. Board minutes or minutes of meetings

The secretary of the board usually takes minutes during meetings. Written minutes are distributed to board members before each meeting for member’s review.

19. Goods Dispatched Note (GDN)

This a document of the company that lists the goods sent out to a customer. The company will keep one record of goods dispatched notes. This is because, if there is any case of any queries by customers about the goods sent. In addition, one copy is sent to accounts department to process invoice to the customer.

20. Goods Issues Note (GIN)

This is a physical record of the movement of goods or materials from the warehouse or store to production department. It results in a decrease in stock from the warehouse.

21. Stock take Records

This is also called stock counting. It is when you manually check and record all the inventory that your business currently has on hand

22. Stock Record (i.e., Bin card)

A Bin Card is a card indicating quantitative records of the receipts, issues and balances etc.

23. Goods Received Note (GRN)

This is the type of document that shows the goods that a business has received from a supplier. Moreover, this kind of record is used by the buyer for comparing the number of goods ordered to the ones delivered.

24. Remittance advice

This is accounting documents sent to a supplier with a payment, detailing which invoices are being paid and which credit notes offset. It also confirms the amount being paid, so that any discrepancies can be easily identified and investigated.

25. Insurance Endorsement Certificates

This is where one party will add the other party as an “additional insured” on their commercial liability insurance policy.

26. Point of Sales Summaries

This is used to record a number of sales at a cash register.

27. Memorandum

Memo is a written document businesses use to communicate an announcement, policy changes, price increases or notification to take an action, such as attend a meeting, or change a current production procedure.

28. Computer-generated Receipts

This is receipts generated by computer.

29. Lease Agreement

Lease contracts, also known as rental agreements, are formal documents that identify the lessor, lessee. Also, what’s being leased, whether it’s an asset or a property.

30. Sales Tax Returns

This is the taxpayer’s document of declaration. This will enable the taxpayer to furnish the transaction details during a tax period and deposits his Sales Tax liability.

31. Cash Register Tapes

This allows you to keep a record of all customer transactions and/or provide them with a receipt.

32. Adjustment Notes

This is also known as credit notes or refunds which are issued to customers for damaged, returned or undelivered goods

33. Employee Pay Advice

This is any document that provides written evidence of employee income.

34. Payroll Advice Report

This Payroll reports help small businesses understand payroll costs and summarize payroll data.

35. Evidence of Sale or Disposal of Assets

Asset disposal is the removal of a long-term asset from the company’s accounting records.


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