A_TeamCurious In: 1. Financial Accounting > Miscellaneous Profit is debit or credit? Profit is debit or credit? 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 SidharthBadlani CA Inter Student 2023-01-01T15:18:04+00:00Added an answer on January 1, 2023 at 3:18 pm This answer was edited. The profit earned by an entity is determined through the profit and loss account. All the expenses are recorded on the debit side of the profit and loss account while all the incomes are recorded on the credit side. The profit is shown as the credit balance of profit and loss A/c. When the sum of items on the debit side of a profit and loss account is less than the sum of those on the credit side, it implies profit while when the sum of the items on the credit side is less than the sum of those on the debit side, it implies a loss for the entity. The Reason for Credit Profit is recorded as an increase in equity To understand the reason why profit is recorded as a credit balance, we must first understand the basic principle of debit and credit. The basic principle of debits and credits is that debits increase asset accounts and decrease liability and equity accounts while credits decrease asset accounts and increase liability and equity accounts. The revenue that a company earns is credited to the income account and increases equity. The expenses that a company incurs to earn that revenue are debited to the expense account and decrease equity. The difference between revenue and expenses is the profit, which is recorded as an increase in equity. Increase in equity due to revenue – decrease in equity due to expense = profit Gross Profit Vs Net Profit Revenue is the total income that a business or profession earns. Profit is the excess revenue that remains after reducing all expenses from it. Gross profit is the profit that a company earns after reducing the cost of goods sold from sales revenue while net profit is the profit that a business earns after reducing the total of all its direct and indirect expenses from its direct as well as indirect allowable business income. Conclusion The basic principle of debit and credit governs the classification of profit as a debit or credit. Since profit increases our equity, it is a credit. In the case of a company, it belongs to the shareholders. It is usually recorded in the retained earnings account. Profit can be reinvested in the business or can be distributed as a dividend. In the case of a sole proprietorship, the profit belongs to the owner and is recorded in the owner’s capital 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?