Interest on loan from partners
Sometimes, a partner may provide loan or advance to the firm. In such cases, partner’s loan or advance account is to be separately maintained in the books. The partners are entitled to interest on the loan or advance at the rate agreed by them. If there is no such agreement, the partners are entitled to an interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum [Section 13(d) of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932]. The following journal entries are to be made in the books of the firm:
Note: Interest on partner’s loan being an expense to the firm is debited in firm’s books. Interest on loan is due to the partner and it is generally added to the loan amount due and hence partner’s loan account is credited.
Tutorial note: Interest on partners’ loan is a charge against profit, that is, whether there is profit or loss for the firm, this interest is to be provided. Hence, interest on partners’ loan is transferred to profit and loss account.