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What is the journal entry to record a refundable deposit?

Since a refundable deposit is cash that must be returned to the customer in the future, the company should debit restricted cash and credit the customer deposit liability account. When the deposit is returned to the customer, the customer deposit liability account is debited, and restricted cash is credited. There is no income statement impact.


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