A recovery of bad debt increases net income. Bad debt recovery is a payment received for a debt that was written off and considered uncollectible. The receivable may come in the form of a loan, credit line, or any other accounts receivable. Because it generally generates a loss when it is written off, bad debt recovery usually produces income.
Aged debtors analysis shows how long debts have been outstanding. An aged debtors report is a totalled list of all the invoices your customers haven't yet paid you for, less any credit notes you've issued to your customers and not yet refunded them for.
Which of the following is the most common cause of bad debt?
Debtor declared to be a bankrupt is the most common cause of bad debt. A bad debt is a monetary amount owed to a creditor that is unlikely to be paid and, or which the creditor is not willing to take action to collect for various reasons, often due to the debtor not having the money to pay, for example due to a company going into liquidation or insolvency.
Which accounting concept dictates the inclusion of 'provision for doubtful debts' in the financial statements?
Total credit sales is a commonly used base to create the provision for doubtful debts. The provision for doubtful debts is the estimated amount of bad debt that will arise from accounts receivable that have been issued but not yet collected. It is identical to the allowance for doubtful accounts.