Change in residual value

Whilst we have discussed the term ‘residual value’, we haven’t really approached the matter of this being changed.

An asset’s residual value is an estimate the management makes using it’s best knowledge of the asset, it’s condition, it’s possible market at the end of it’s useful life, how extensively it will be used and so on. It’s not just the value the management believes they can get for the asset, but the conditions and inputs for determining the price.  Continue reading

Accounting for crediting sales revenue

Crediting sales is something that happens no matter how hard you try and have your invoices correct, your goods shipped in correct amounts and items. There’s a factor you cannot monitor and that’s you customer for instance. They may decide they want something else, something additional and so on. Thus it’s important to understand that crediting sales is absolutely normal and it’s even more important to understand how one should do it instead of avoiding it.   Continue reading

Collection of a previously written down receivable

So there was a receivable you once considered was partly uncollectable. Be the reasons what they are, as it happens, you’ve accounted for the write down (note that you haven’t written the receivable off, but just merely down; that is you’ve accounted for an allowance against the positive asset thus diminishing your assets in total by the amount you considered you will not collect from your customer).   Continue reading

Writing down a receivable

Should the event arise that you consider a receivable uncollectable in full or in part, that is you consider that your customer considering the circumstances wont be able to pay what they owe, you either decide to write the receivable down in value to the amount they will be able to pay (that is you’re making an estimate) or off the balance sheet if you’ve determined that they cannot pay you anything.   Continue reading