How to Handle Accrued Income?
Two scenarios I'm trying to solve for:
- We earned revenue that we have not yet billed for or been paid for.
- We've sent the invoice already, we earned the revenue, but we haven't been paid yet.
How do others record this in Accounting Seed?
If we were scheduling the revenue recognition after payment (e.g., straight line)we would use an Amortization Entry, but if it's accrued income but not yet paid, how do we handle that? Journal Entry?
Any ideas area greatly appreciated!
Payment and revenue recognition are related, but fully separate processes. As long as you are operating using accrual accounting, one does not depend on the other. If an invoice credits deferred revenue, the revenue may be recognized at any time - independent of whether that invoice has been paid.
I am not accountant so my comments should be verified with yours, but here is how you could manage these questions:
for item 1: It seems strange to me to have earned revenue that you have not billed for yet. Can you say more about this use case? What are the reasons for delaying billing? To manage this use case (whatever your reasons) to recognize revenue, you can create a journal entry that credits revenue and debits unearned revenue, as long as - once you create the invoice - you make sure it credits the same deferred revenue GL Account as the journal entry.
For item 2 - This is just an open Accounts receivable record. The Billing can credit revenue or credit deferred revenue, which can be recognized using a JE or a AE as best fits your process, but whether the revenue is recognized for an invoice or not, the balance of the invoice will reside in your AR GL Account until it is paid. .
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