Investing Answers Building and Protecting Your Wealth through Education Publisher of The Next Banks That Could Fail
Investing Answers Building and Protecting Your Wealth through Education Publisher of The Next Banks That Could Fail

Accrued Expense

What it is:

An accrued expense refers to any expense incurred and reported during an accounting period, but for which payment has not yet been made.

How it works (Example):

There are certain expenses which a company may incur over the course of an accounting period (usually a quarter), but which may not actually be paid until a later time. Such expenses are accounted for as short-term liabilities on a company's balance sheet and may include utilities, wages and salaries, rents, and periodic interest on outstanding loans.

Why it Matters:

Though they are not yet paid, accrued expenses are reflected on the balance sheet for the period during which they are incurred. This is because they were accrued by a company's revenue-generating operations during a given period. Once paid, the accrued expenses are removed from the balance sheet. 

Related Terms View All
  • Auction Market
    Though most of the trading is done via computer, auction markets can also be operated via...
  • Best Execution
    Let's assume you place an order to buy 100 shares of Company XYZ stock. The current quote...
  • Book-Entry Savings Bond
    Savings bonds are bonds issued by the U.S. government at face values ranging from $50 to...
  • Break-Even Point
    The basic idea behind break-even point is to calculate the point at which revenues begin...
  • Calendar Year
    If Company XYZ starts its fiscal year on January 1 and ends its fiscal year on December...