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It is necessary to know the classification of accounts and their treatment in double entry system of accounts. Broadly, the accounts are classified into three categories:
  • Personal accounts
  • Impersonal
  • Real accounts
  • Tangible accounts
  • Intangible accounts
Let us go through them each of them one by one.
Difference between Personal and Impersonal Account
Differentiate between personal and impersonal accounts
Personal Accounts
Personal accounts may be further classified into three categories:
Natural Personal Account
An account related to any individual like David, George, Ram, or Shyam is called as a Natural Personal Account.
Artificial Personal Account
An account related to any artificial person like M/s ABC Ltd, M/s General Trading, M/s Reliance Industries, etc., is called as an Artificial Personal Account.
Representative Personal Account
Representative personal account represents a group of account. If there are a number of accounts of similar nature, it is better to group them like salary payable account, rent payable account, insurance prepaid account, interest receivable account, capital account and drawing account, etc.
Example of personal account
Possessions of the Business
Identify the possessions of the business
Real Accounts
Every Business has some assets and every asset has an account. Thus, asset account is called a real account. There are two type of assets:
  • Tangible assets are touchable assets such as plant, machinery, furniture, stock, cash, etc
  • Intangible assets are non-touchable assets such as goodwill, patent, copyrights, etc.
Accounting treatment for both type of assets is same.
Nominal Accounts
Since this account does not represent any tangible asset, it is called nominal or fictitious account. All kinds of expense account, loss account, gain account or income accounts come under the category of nominal account. For example, rent account, salary account, electricity expenses account, interest income account, etc.
Impersonal account. any account other than a personal account, being classified as either a real account, in which property is recorded, or a nominal account, in which income, expenses and capital are recorded.
A creditor is an entity or person that lends money or extends credit to another party.
A debtor is an entity or person that owes money to another party. Thus, there is a creditor and a debtor in every lending arrangement. The relationship between a debtor and a creditor is crucial to the extension of credit between parties and the related transfer of assets and settlement of liabilities.

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