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Construction glossary

What is a Debit?

A debit, in the construction industry, refers to an entry which represents an increase in expenses or a decrease in income for the business. It could come from paying for labor, materials, overheads, or any other costs related to a construction project. It could also come from a decrease in revenue due to a project delay, change in project scope, or a decrease in clients' payment. An understanding of debits is pivotal in managing the financial aspects of construction because it affects cash flow and profitability. The term is part of the double-entry accounting system used widely across industries, including construction, where for every debit entry, there must be a corresponding credit entry. Therefore, properly tracking and categorizing debits is crucial in financial planning and management in construction.