Expanded Accounting Equation for a Sole Proprietorship

The owner's equity in the basic accounting equation is sometimes expanded to show the accounts that make up owner's equity: Owner's Capital, Revenues, Expenses, and Owner's Draws.

Instead of the accounting equation, Assets = Liabilities + Owner's Equity, the expanded accounting equation is:

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The eight transactions that we had listed under the basic accounting equation Transaction 8, are shown in the following expanded accounting equation:

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With the expanded accounting equation, you can easily see the company's net income:

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Expanded Accounting Equation for a Corporation

The stockholders' equity part of the basic accounting equation can also be expanded to show the accounts that make up stockholders' equity: Paid-in Capital, Revenues, Expenses, Dividends, and Treasury Stock.

Instead of the accounting equation, Assets = Liabilities + Stockholders' Equity, the expanded accounting equation is:

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The eight transactions that we had listed under the basic accounting equation Transaction C8 are shown in the following expanded accounting equation:

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With the expanded accounting equation, you can easily see the corporation's net income:

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Additional Information and Resources

Because the material covered here is considered an introduction to this topic, many complexities have been omitted. You should always consult with an accounting professional for assistance with your own specific circumstances.