AbhishekBatabyalHelpful In: 1. Financial Accounting > Accounting Terms & Basics What is a valuation account? What is a valuation account? 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 Ayushi Curious Pursuing CA 2022-01-11T19:07:28+00:00Added an answer on January 11, 2022 at 7:07 pm This answer was edited. Meaning A valuation account is a balance sheet account that is paired with another balance sheet account to report the carrying amount of the paired account at a reduced value. The purpose of a valuation account is to reduce the balance of the concerned asset or liability without affecting the main ledger account. This is a conservative approach to use valuation accounts to present the value of the concerned asset or liability at a reduced value. The most common example of a valuation account is the ‘Provision for doubtful debts account’. It appears in the balance sheet as a reduction from the debtors’ accounts. Also when the amount is transferred to this provision, it appears in the statement of profit and loss account. But it doesn’t appear in the debtors’ account ledger. Treatment A valuation account appears only in the balance sheet. Sometimes, it also appears in the profit and loss account when any amount is transferred to it. Valuation accounts are only used in accrual accounting. They cannot be used in cash-based accounting as there is no flow of cash related to valuation accounts. They have a balance opposite of their paired accounts i.e. if their paired account is an asset then they will have a credit balance and if it is a liability then they will have a debit balance. Other Examples of valuation accounts are as follows: Provision for doubtful debts (offsets the account receivables or debtors’ account) Accumulated depreciation (report the assets net of depreciation) Discount on bonds payable (reduces the reporting balance of bond payable account) 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?