What is a Worksheet?

A worksheet is a multiple-column form used in the adjustment process and in preparing financial statements. As its name suggests, the worksheet is a working tool.

It is not a permanent accounting record, it is neither a journal nor a part of the general ledger. The worksheet is merely a device used in preparing adjusting entries and the financial statements. Companies generally computerize worksheets using an electronic spreadsheet program such as Excel.

Thus, worksheets make it possible to provide the financial statements to management and other interested parties at an earlier date.