Accounting for Partnership

Special Aspects of Partnership Accounts and its Maintenance

A Partnership Firm is a very special form of business organization. There are a few differences which are: Maintenance of Partner’s Capital Accounts, Distribution of Profit and Loss among the partners, Adjustments for the wrong appropriation profits etc. Now, let’s discuss the maintenance of various Special Aspects of the Partnership Accounts.

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Maintenance of Partner’s Capital Accounts

Most of the transactions relating to the partners of the firm are recorded in the books of the firm through their capital accounts. This includes various transactions like money brought in by the partner, withdrawal of the capital, the share of profit, interest on drawings, interest on capital, etc.

There are 2 methods by which the capital of the partners is maintained. These special aspects accounts are : (a) Fixed Capital Method and (b) Fluctuating Capital Method.

Special Aspects of Partnership Accounts and its Maintenance

1] Fixed Capital Method

Under this method, a firm maintains 2 capital accounts in order to keep the capital account balance stable from regular capital related transactions. These 2 accounts are as follows: (a) Capital Account and (b) Current Account. Capital Account only includes transactions like Initial investment, an addition of capital and permanent withdrawal of capital.

2] Fluctuating Capital Method

Under this method, a firm records all the capital related transaction (Permanent as well as Non-Permanent) under a single account and that is Capital Account.

Distribution of Profits among Partners

Profit is not a new term under the Partnership form of business organization but its distribution becomes a new thing. It is very special as well as very important for the firm to distribute the profits carefully as there is more than one owner of the firm who will share the benefit/profit arising from the firm. Hence, there is a Special Account which is prepared for it which is known as Profit and Loss Appropriation Account.

Profit and Loss Appropriation A/c

Date Particulars Amount Date Paticulars Amount
To Salary or Commission or Interest on Capital A/c By Profit and Loss A/c
To Reserves A/c By Interest on Drawings
To Surplus transferred to Current or Capital Account of Partners

Adjustments for the Wrong Appropriation of Profit

It is one of the Special Aspects of Partnership accounts. Adjustments in the account of Partnership firm is needed whenever something related to the past has to be corrected or adjusted. Sometimes, a firm by mistake distribute the profits in the wrong ratio or in a wrongful manner. Under such a case, a firm does some adjustment entries to rectify such error.

Reconstitution of Partnership Firm

The partnership is an agreement between two or more partners with some definite agreement. Sometimes, a partnership firm goes through a reconstitution either intentionally or due to an issue. Reconstitution means a change in the terms of the agreement of the partners or the ‘Partnership Deed’. Thus, the old agreement between the partners come to an end and a new existence comes into existence.

Reconstitution of partnership firm takes place when there is a change in the profit sharing ratio of the partners, admission of the partners, retirement or death of a partner, insolvency of a partner, etc. Although most of these are similar in nature, they have their special transaction features too which makes them different from each other in accounting nature.

Admission of a Partner

Admission of a partner has some Special Aspects too. When a firm requires additional capital or managerial help it can admit a new partner in its business. As per the Partnership Act, 1932, a new partner can only be admitted unanimously unless otherwise provided in the partnership deed. When a new partner is admitted a new agreement is formed and thus the firm is reconstituted.

Retirement or Death of a Partner

Although retirement and death of a partner are two totally different events, in accounting most of the treatment is similar in nature. A partner may decide to retire or withdraw from the firm due to reasons such as his age, his bad health, change in firm’s nature of a business, etc.

In case of Partnership at Will, a partner may retire at any time. Death or insolvency of a partner also results in the reconstitution of the firm when the remaining partners wish to continue the firm. In case of death of a partner, the firm pays the due amount to the partner’s legal heir.

Dissolution of Partnership Firm

Dissolution of a partnership merely involves a change in the relation of partners; whereas the dissolution of firm amounts to a complete closure of the business. Dissolution of partnership changes the mutual relations of the partners. But in case of dissolution of a firm, all the relations and the business of the firm comes to an end.

Hence, there is a need for a Special Account for settling down all the assets of the partners. This Special Account with Special Aspects is known as ‘Realisation Account’.

Realization Account

Date Particulars Amount Date Particulars Amount
Land and Building Sundry Creditors
Plant and Machinery Bills Payable
Furniture Outstanding Expenses
Bills Receivables Provision for doubtful debts
Sundry Debtors Cash A/c (Sale of Assets)
Cash (Payment of Liabilities)  Partner’s Capital A/c (Asset taken by partner)
Partner’s Capital A/c (Liability borne by partner)  Loss transferred to Capital Accounts of the partners
Profit transferred to Capital Accounts of the partners

Solved Example for You

Question: P and Q are two partners in a firm sharing profits/losses in the ratio 3:1. The firm admits a new partner R with 1/4 share in the profits. Calculate the new profit sharing ratio between P, Q, and R.


Existing Profit Sharing ratio = 3:1

R’s share = 1/4 of profits

Remaining share after R’s share = 1-1/4 = 3/4

P’s new share = 3/4 X 3/4 = 9/16

R’s new share = 1/4 X 3/4 = 3/16

Comparing all the 3 ratios, we get 9/16 : 3/16 : 1/4 or 4/16

So the ratio between P, Q, and R is 9:3:4

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One response to “Nature of Partnership and Partnership Deed”

  1. Bedare Uttam says:

    Sir, according to the Wikipedia a partnership has maximum 50 number of partners. But you have mentioned on this page ” maximum 20″. I have doubt on this statement. So clear this doubt.

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