What is Voucher? What are the types of vouchers?

Definition of Voucher

A Voucher is an initial recording document of purchase, sales, receipt, or payment. This is considered as the primary document of the business which describes and authorizes the payment of the company. Vouchers can be used as manual or computerized systems as preferred by business organizations.

However, a voucher typically contains the following information:

  • Date of the payment
  • Head of Accounts of the Payment or received
  • Name of the supplier
  • The amount to be paid or received
  • Authorized Signature or stamp
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Types of Voucher

There are three types of voucher :

  • Debit Voucher (Payment Voucher)
  • Credit Voucher (Receipt Voucher)
  • Transfer Voucher

Debit Voucher?

A debit voucher is also known as a payment voucher. This voucher is used when an organization pays others for Salary and wage payment, Payment for Raw materials, Loan repayments, etc. These payments can be made in the form of Cash and Bank payment. Hence, Cash Payment Voucher and Bank Payment Voucher will be treated as the debit voucher also.

Following payments to be recorded on the debit voucher:

  • Paying cash expenses
  • Payment made for purchase of goods
  • Payment of investment
  • Payment to creditors
  • Interest Payments
  • Any other payments.

Example 1: IHL Ltd. Purchased Office Equipment @ $ 2,000 from ZXY Ltd. Total payments made in cash by IHL Ltd.

For this transaction, a Cash Voucher is to be prepared to record the transaction. The Accounting Entries in this regard are as follows:

Office Equipment A/cDebit$ 2,000
Cash A/cCredit$ 2,000

( Equipment Purchased in Cash)

Example 2:  IHL Ltd paid loan installment to UCB Ltd. The total installment amount is $10,000 including the interest amount of $1,500. For this total payment, IHL issued an Account Payee cheque in favor of UCB Ltd from its Current Account: 000-03158-2516.

The Accounting entries in this regard are as follows:

Loan Outstanding A/cDebit$ 10,000
Interest Payable A/cDebit$ 2,000
Current A/c – 03158-2516Credit$12,000

(Being Loan installment is paid)

The format of the Debit Voucher:

Credit Voucher

The credit voucher is prepared when an organization received money from :

  • Customers against sales revenue
  • Shareholders against equity capital
  • Fixed Assets sales
  • Interest earned
  • Debtors, and
  • any other received by an organization collected from various sources.

This voucher can be divided into two types. Such as – Cash receipt Voucher and Bank Receipt Voucher.

Example 1: KSRM Ltd. sales 10,000MT MS Rod @ $ 700 to IHL ltd. Total Sales in this respect is $ 70,00,000, and the entire amount is received by A/c Payee Cheque. The total amount is credited to KSRM’s Current Account No. 586-213

Accounting treatment is as follows:

Current A/c 586-213Debit$ 70,00,000
Sales A/cCredit$ 70,00,000

(Cash received against sales to IHL Ltd)

The format of the Credit Voucher:

Non-Cash voucher or, Transfer Voucher, or Journal Voucher

Except for Cash and Bank receipts and Payments, all transactions are recorded in Transfer vouchers. This voucher is also referred to as the Journal Voucher. Usually, this voucher is prepared for credit sales, or credit purchases, or Transfer of any property, or for any other transactions in which no cash or bank transaction is involved.  The list of transactions which will be recorded in non-cash vouchers are as follows:

  • Credit purchase or credit sale of goods
  • Credit purchase or sale of fixed assets
  • Goods return in respect of purchase or sales on credit
  • Written off bad debts
  • Any other non-cash transactions