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Chart of Accounts for Accounting Services Industry

Updated: Nov 25




The chart of accounts is a list of all accounts you can use to record your transactions in an accounting system. It helps you categorise your transactions correctly and group similar accounts together to generate reports about your organisation.


Financial reports draw on each account to show how your business is performing.


​Code

​Account Name

Type

​Tax

200

Sales Income from any normal business activity

Revenue

​Standard-Rated Supplies

​260

Other Revenue Any other income that does not relate to normal business activities and is not recurring

​Revenue

Standard-Rated Supplies

270

​Interest Income Interest income

​Revenue

Out Of Scope Supplies

310

Cost of Goods Sold Cost of goods sold by the business

​Direct Cost

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​400

Advertising Expenses incurred for advertising while trying to increase sales

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​404

Bank Fees Fees charged by your bank for transactions regarding your bank account(s).

​Expense

​Out Of Scope Purchases

​408

​Cleaning Expenses incurred for cleaning business property.

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​412

Consulting & Accounting Expenses related to paying consultants

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​416

Depreciation The amount of the asset's cost (based on the useful life) that was consumed during the period

​Expense

​Out Of Scope Purchases

​420

Entertainment Expenses paid by company for the business

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​425

Freight & Courier Expenses incurred on courier & freight costs

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​429

General Expenses General expenses related to the running of the business

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​433

​Insurance Expenses incurred for insuring the business' assets

​Expense

​Out Of Scope Purchases

​437

Interest Expense Any interest expenses paid to your tax authority, business bank accounts or credit card accounts.

​Expense

Out Of Scope Purchases

441

Legal Expenses Expenses incurred on any legal matters

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​445

Light, Power, Heating Expenses incurred for lighting, powering or heating the premises

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​449

Motor Vehicle Expenses Expenses incurred on the running of company motor vehicles

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

453

Office Expenses General expenses related to the running of the business office.

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

461

Printing & Stationery Expenses incurred by the entity as a result of printing and stationery

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​469

​Rent

The payment to lease a building or area.

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​473

​Repairs and Maintenance

Expenses incurred on a damaged or run down asset that will bring the asset back to its original condition

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​477

Wages and Salaries

Payment to employees in exchange for their

resources

​Expense

​Out Of Scope Purchases

478

Superannuation

Superannuation contributions

​Expense

​Out Of Scope Purchases

​485

Subscriptions

E.g. Magazines, professional bodies

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases


​489

Telephone & Internet

Expenditure incurred from any

business-related phone calls, phone lines, or internet connections

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​493

Travel - National

Expenses incurred from domestic travel which has a business purpose

​Expense

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​494

Travel - International

Expenses incurred from international travel

which has a business purpose

​Expense

​Out Of Scope Purchases

​497

Bank Revaluations

Bank account revaluations due for foreign

exchange rate changes

​Expense

​No Tax

​498

Unrealised Currency Gains

Unrealised currency gains on outstanding items

​Expense

​No Tax

​499

Realised Currency Gains

Gains or losses made due to currency

exchange rate changes

​Expense

​No Tax

​505

Income Tax Expense

A percentage of total earnings paid to the

government

​Expense

​No Tax

​610

Receivable Accounts

Outstanding invoices the company has

issued out to the client but has not yet received in cash at balance date

​Current Asset

​No Tax

​620

Prepayments

An expenditure that has been paid for in

advance

​Current Asset

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​630

​Inventory

Value of tracked items for resale

​Inventory

​No Tax

​710

Office Equipment

Office equipment that is owned and

controlled by the business

​Fixed Asset

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​711

​Less Accumulated Depreciation

on Office Equipment

The total amount of office equipment cost that has been consumed by the entity (based on the useful life)

​Fixed Asset

​No Tax

​720

Computer Equipment

Computer equipment that is owned and

controlled by the business

​Fixed Asset

​Standard-Rated Purchases

​721

Less Accumulated Depreciation

on Computer Equipment The total amount of computer equipment

cost that has been consumed by the

business (based on the useful life)

​Fixed Asset

​No Tax

​800

Accounts Payable

Outstanding invoices the company has

received from suppliers but has not yet paid

at balance date

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​801

​Unpaid Expense Claims

Expense claims typically made by

employees/shareholder employees still

outstanding

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​803

Wages Payable Xero automatically updates this account for

payroll entries created using Payroll and will

store the payroll amount to be paid to the

employee for the pay run. This account

enables you to maintain separate accounts

for employee Wages Payable amounts and

Accounts Payable amounts

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​820

GST

The balance in this account represents GST owing to or from your tax authority. At the

end of the tax period, it is this account that

should be used to code against either the 'refunds from' or 'payments to' your tax authority that will appear on the bank statement. Xero has been designed to use

only one GST account to track GST on income and expenses, so there is no need to add any new GST accounts to Xero

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​825

Employee Tax Payable

The amount of tax that has been deducted from wages or salaries paid to employees

and is due to be paid

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​826

Superannuation Payable

The amount of superannuation that is due to be paid

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​830

​​Income Tax Payable

The amount of income tax that is due to be paid, also resident withholding tax paid on interest received

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​840

Historical Adjustment

For accountant adjustments

​Current Liability

​No Tax

850

Suspense

An entry that allows an unknown

transaction to be entered, so the accounts can still be worked on in balance and the

entry can be dealt with later

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​860

Rounding

An adjustment entry to allow forrounding

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​877

Tracking Transfers

Transfers between tracking categories

​Current Liability

​No Tax


​880

Owner A Drawings

Withdrawals by the owners

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​881

Owner A Funds Introduced

Funds contributed by the owner

​Current Liability

​No Tax

​900

Loan

Money that has been borrowed from a creditor

​Non-current Liability

​No Tax

​960

Retained Earnings

Do not Use

​Equity

​No Tax

​970

Owner A Share Capital

The value of shares purchased by the

shareholders

​Equity

​No Tax

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