IRS Publication 583, Sample Record System

This example illustrates a single-entry system used by Henry M. Brown, who is the sole proprietor of a small automobile body shop. Henry uses part-time help, has no inventory of items held for sale, and uses the cash method of accounting.

These sample records should not be viewed as a recommendation of how to keep your records. They are intended only to show how one business keeps its records.

Daily Summary of Cash Receipts
Monthly Summary of Cash Receipts
Check Disbursements Journal
Employee Compensation Record
Annual Summary
Depreciation Worksheet
Bank Reconciliation

Information courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.


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Sample Record System