allowance for doubtful accounts


allowance for doubtful accounts

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  • allowance for doubtful accounts — A reserve for accounts receivable that may not be collectable. The allowance is always shown as a reduction from gross receivables used to calculate net receivables. An example of a contra asset account. American Banker Glossary …   Financial and business terms

  • Allowance For Doubtful Accounts — An estimation made by a company and documented on its balance sheet for receivables that might go uncollected. It is standard practice for a company to have funds set aside for money that cannot be collected …   Investment dictionary

  • Allowance For Credit Losses — An estimation of the debt that a company is unlikely to recover. The allowance for credit losses is from the perspective of the selling company that extended credit to its buyers. A certain amount of credit losses can be anticipated, and these… …   Investment dictionary

  • allowance for bad debts — A reduction in the value of *accounts receivable. One or more *general ledger accounts are used to record allowances for bad debts, which represent the value of accounts receivable whose ultimate collection is in doubt. The allowance may be for… …   Auditor's dictionary

  • Accounts receivable — (A/R) is one of a series of accounting transactions dealing with the billing of customers who owe money to a person, company or organization for goods and services that have been provided to the customer. In most business entities this is… …   Wikipedia

  • doubtful — UK US /ˈdaʊtfəl/ adjective ACCOUNTING ► used to describe debts or accounts that are unlikely to be paid: »The Company has established an allowance for doubtful accounts based on the credit risk of specific customers and historical trends. → See… …   Financial and business terms

  • accounts receivable — *Short term, invoiced amounts due from *customers for the supply of goods or services. Accounts receivable are classified as a *current asset in the balance sheet when their recoverability becomes doubtful, an *allowance for bad debts is created …   Auditor's dictionary

  • provision for bad debts — A provision calculated to cover the debts during an accounting period that are not expected to be paid. A general provision, e.g. 2% of debtors, is not allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. A specific provision, in which specific debts are… …   Accounting dictionary

  • provision for bad debts — A provision calculated to cover the debts during an accounting period that are not expected to be paid. A general provision, e. g. 2% of debtors, is not allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. A specific provision, in which specific debts are… …   Big dictionary of business and management

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