Accounting Tips: Review Significant Past-Dues Annually

by Greg DePersio

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Review past due accounts to determine whether any accounts receivable should be written off. This practice should occur periodically, especially at year-end. Consult with a financial advisor or collection agent to review specific accounts and determine the likelihood of collecting the payment. These accounts are typically multiple months past due or from vendors that are currently going through a bankruptcy.

This process is important as the balance sheet should be cleaned up before the end of the year. Accounts that will not be collected should not be included as assets. Instead, these balances should be written off as a bad debt expense because the result of the transaction is effectively a loss.

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