Types of Reserve
In a broader sense, there are three types of reserves. Let’s take a quick look at them below –
Such a reserve is created from capital profits, which does not occur frequently and is not readily available for paying dividends to the shareholders of a company. For instance, profits earned through sale or revaluation of assets, forfeiture of shares, etc. helps to create a capital reserve. Mostly such reserves are created for designated purposes like writing off capital losses, investing in long-term projects or other forms of long-term contingencies.
Revenue Reserve or General Reserve
This particular type of reserve is popularly known as retained earnings and is set aside from the earnings generated to a firm’s core operations. The said reserve is used to pay a dividend to the company’s shareholders and for business expansion.
This type of reserve is mostly created for designated purposes. For instance, reserve for asset replacement and reserve for dividend equalisation are two of the most common examples of the specific reserve.
Now that you have gained a fair idea about the basic types of reserves let’s find out how it is accounted for in the books of accounts.
In the balance sheet, reserves are recorded on the liability column under the header of ‘Reserves and Surplus’. In the event of loss, a company does not create any reverse and does not record it in the balance sheet.
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An overview of provision and reserve has provided us with a fair idea about these concepts. Let’s proceed to take a quick look at the fundamental point of difference between these two.
Difference between Provision and Reserve
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1. What is Provision?
Provision is an amount that a company keeps aside to meet an expected financial liability in future: examples - Provision for doubtful and bad debts, provision of taxation, provision for depreciation of assets.
2. What are Provision and Reserve?
Provision is a sum of money that has been kept away to meet anticipated financial obligations in future. Creation of provisions is mandatory as per law.
Reserve is a sum of money set aside from the total earnings of a company to meet unforeseen contingencies. Creation of reserve depends on the availability of profits.