Financial Accounting Notes



  1. Definition of Joint Venture.
  2. Accounting entries required for joint ventures.
  3. Practical illustration of joint ventures.


Joint venture is a business relationship of two or more persons or venturers, for the purpose of carrying on a particular transaction with the aim of profit making.  The principle of Joint Venture borrows from partnership but the difference is that the Venture ceases operation immediate the purpose of its establishment is achieved.

Joint Venture is not a going concern.

Major account prepared are:

i.    Individual Joint Ventures Account: basically, the individual in joint ventures prepares joint ventures account affecting him in his books.

ii.    Memorandum Joint Venture Account: This is profit and loss account of joint ventures.  In this account, profit or loss attributed to each joint-venturer is ascertained and shared between the individuals concerned.

Accounting entries

  • Debits all expenses to individual Joint Venture account.
  • Credited all revenue to Individual Joint Venture account.
  • In Memorandum Joint Venture account.

i.    Credit both revenue of Joint Venture.

ii.    Debits both expenses of Joint Ventures.


1.   State three similarities between Joint Venture and Partnership.

2.   List four differences between Joint Venture and Partnership.

Evaluation Questilon

1.         Define Joint Venture.

2.         Mention the major accounts prepared in Joint Venture.

Reading Assignment:  Essential Financial Accounting page 343-348


1.         The major account in Joint Venture are ____________

(a) Individual Joint Ventures account and memorandum      (b) Profit and Loss account and balance sheet    (c) appropriation account and balance sheet   (d) cash book and ledger

2.         Expenditure of each joint venture is ____________

            (a) credited     (b) debited    (c) all of the above     (d) none of the above

3.         Revenue of each joint venture is ______

            (a) credited      (b) debited     (c) none of the above   (d) all of the above

4.         In memorandum account revenue is _______

            (a) Debited        (b) Credited              (c) averted          (d) included

5.         In memorandum account expenditure is ______________

            (a) included        (b) excluded             (c) debited          (d) credited


A & B entered into a Joint Venture in a consignment of 100 articles each costing N10.

A supplies such goods and sends them to B for sale, paying carriage there on N20. B is to have 10% commission on sales and the profit divided in the ratio of 2:1

It was found that 10 articles were below standard, and it was agreed that.  A would take them back and sell them as his own goods without commission and loss thereon being borne sorely by A.  It was further agreed that at the same time 5 articles be returned to A as he was in a position to effect a sale (on account of the Joint Venture) at N18 each, being a better price than what B could get.  B sells the remaining articles (less 3 articles taken over by him at an agreed price of N 11 each) at N14 each.  The carriage on the goods returned by B to A is N4, and it is agreed that N2 thereof relate to the cost of returning the articles and to be borne by A.

Show the accounts of A in B’s books.  B in A’s books and Memorandum Joint  Venture Account.


  1. Explain the following : (a) bank loan (b) bank overdraft (c) standing order (d credit


  • State five reasons for making provision for depreciation on fixed assets
  • List four accounts found in each of the following (a) nominal ledger (b) private ledger

            (c) general ledger

      4    What is the difference between depreciation and amortization

      5    List five examples each of assets associated with depreciation and amortization

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