Difference Between Double entry and Single entry

Single entry system:

Single entry system is an incomplete form of recording financial transactions. It is the system, which does not record two aspects or accounts of all the financial transactions. Single entry system records only one aspect of transaction. Thus, single entry system is not a proper system of recording financial transactions.

Double entry system:

Double entry system is a system of book-keeping,which is recording two aspects of business. That means it records all credit and debit aspects of business transactions.

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The following are the differences between single entry and double entry system:

 Single Entry Double Entry
 1. It is incomplete system of Book-Keeping. It is Crude from of book-keeping. 1. It is a perfect and complete system of book-keeping.
 2. In most cases only one aspect of the transaction is recorded.  2. Two fold aspect of the transaction is recorded.
 3. Only Personal accounts are maintained               besides cash book.  3. Personal,Real and nominal accounts are             maintained in the ledger.
 4. Since only one aspect of the transaction is          recorded the trial balance can not be prepared.  4. Since, two fold aspects of the transaction is         recorded a trial balance can be easily prepared.
 5. Since, Trial balance cannot be prepared               arithmetical accuracy of books cannot be tested.  5. By preparing trial balance arithmetical accuracy. of the books can be tested.
6. By preparing the statement of affaires financial position is found out in an approximate way. 6. Profit can be ascertained by preparing a profit and loss account.to ascertain the true and fair financial position, a balance sheet can be prepared.
7. Errors cannot be detected and rectified easily.  7. Errors can be easily detected and rectified.
 8. Sole trader, partnership firms generally maintain their books under this method. 8. There are certain hard and fast rules. One has to follow scrupulously in preparing accounts.