Anushka Lalwani In: 1. Financial Accounting > Accounting Terms & Basics Is goodwill real or nominal? Is goodwill real or nominal? Share Facebook You must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Captcha* Remember Me! Forgot Password? Need An Account, Sign Up Here 1 Answer Voted Recent Akash Kumar AK 2022-11-21T12:51:25+00:00Added an answer on November 21, 2022 at 12:51 pm This answer was edited. Goodwill In Accounting Aspect, Goodwill refers to an Intangible asset that facilitates a company in making higher profits and is a result of a business’s consistent efforts over the past years which can be the business’s prestige, reputation, good name, customer trust, quality service, etc. Goodwill has no separate existence although the concept of goodwill comes when a company acquires another company with a willingness to pay a higher price over the fair market value of the company’s net asset in simple words the goodwill can be only realized while at the time of sale of a business. The formula for Goodwill Types of Goodwill there are two types of goodwill. 1. Inherent Goodwill/Self-generated goodwill Inherent goodwill is the internally generated goodwill that was created or generated by the business itself. it is generally generated from the good reputation of the business. Inherent Goodwill or Self-generated goodwill is generally not shown in the books or never recognized in the books of Accounts and no journal entry for the inherent goodwill is passed. 2. Purchased Goodwill/Acquired Goodwill At the time of acquisition of a business by another business, any amount paid over and above the net assets simply refers to the amount of Purchased Goodwill or Acquired goodwill. A Journal entry is passed in the case of the Purchase of goodwill. Type of Account generally, Goodwill is considered and recorded as an Intangible asset(long-term asset) due to its physical absence like other long-term assets. Modern rule of accounting: as per the Modern rule of accounting, all Assets or all possessions of a business are comes under the head Asset accounts. as Goodwill is treated as an Intangible asset it is an Asset Account. Journal entry for purchase of goodwill as per Modern rule Goodwill A/c Dr. – Amt To Cash/Bank A/c – Amt (The modern approach of accounting for the Asset account is: “Debit the increase in asset and Credit the decrease in the asset“) The golden rule of accounting As per the golden rule of accounting, all assets or possessions of a business other than those which are related to any person (debtor’s account) are considered Real accounts. Such accounts don’t close by the year-end and are carried forward. As Goodwill is an Intangible asset it is treated as a Real account as per the golden rule of accounting. Journal entry for purchase of goodwill as per Golden rule Goodwill A/c Dr. – Amt To Cash/Bank A/c – Amt (The golden rule of accounting for the Real account is: “Debit what comes in and Credit what Goes out“) 0 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Related Questions What are some examples of deferred revenue expenses? Are brands intangible assets? What comes in debit side of Realisation account? What is recorded in the Realisation account? What is not included in Realisation account? What is recorded on the credit side of a Realisation account? Can accounts payable have a debit balance?