# Accounting Treatment for Goodwill On Admission Of Partners ( Part 2 of 3 )

FULL in the books had been discussed.

The second method is as follows:

Method No. 2:

SCENARIO NO 1: Where Goodwill is NOT recorded in the books

· Goodwill is not recorded in the books hence NO goodwill account is open

· Incoming partner pay his proportion of the agreed value of goodwill in CASH.

· Additional cash brought in by new partner is known as premium and is credited to the Capital Accounts of the existing partners in their old profit sharing ratio

Accounting entries:

Debit: Cash Account [Total Cash bought in by the new partners]

Credit: New Partner’s Account( capital introduced)

Credit: Existing/old partners ( premium for goodwill)

Illustration:

Jim and John are partners sharing profits 50:50. They admit Alex who introduces \$10,000 as capital and \$2000 as premium for goodwill. The new profit sharing ratio is :40:40:20

Partners’ Capital Account

 DR CR \$ \$ \$ Jim John Alex Cash-Capital 10,000 Cash Goodwill 1,000 1,000

Cash At Bank Account

 DR \$ CR \$ Cash received from Alex(\$10,000+\$2,000) 12,000

SCENARIO 2: Where Goodwill is Opened and then Written off from the books

· This is a more tedious way of doing it.

· You need to open a Goodwill account in the books and then write off using the new profit sharing ratio

· Using this method you still get back the result as scenario one where goodwill is never open/created in the books.

Accounting Entries:

Debit: Goodwill Account with total value of goodwill

Credit: Old/existing partner’s capital account with goodwill in old profit sharing ratio

Illustration:

Jim and John are partners sharing profits 50:50. They admit Alex who introduces \$10,000 as capital and \$2000 as premium for goodwill. The new profit sharing ratio is :40:40:20

Solution:

To record the goodwill, first compute the value:

Alex paid \$2,000 for his 20% share

Therefore goodwill = \$10,000

Goodwill Account

 DR \$ CR \$ Capital Accounts: Jim: 50% 5,000 Capital Account: Jim: 40% 4,000 John: 50% 5,000 John:40% 4,000 Alex:20% 2,000 10,000 10,000

Partners’ Capital Account

 DR \$ \$ \$ CR \$ \$ \$ Jim John Alex Jim John Alex Goodwill account 4,000 4,000 2,000 Cash-Capital 10,000 Cash-Goodwill 2,000 Goodwill Account 5,000 5,000

Note: The net amount credited to the old/existing partners’ capital accounts are the same as scenario one viz: Jim:\$1,000 and John \$1,000

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