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Role of Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable in a Companys Cash Flow

Sarah Dawson, CFO Tech Outlook | Friday, May 28, 2021

Whether it’s a small firm or corporate finance, AP and AR work the same way, and both are needed for a full transaction.

FREMONT, CA: When it comes to bookkeeping and accounting, confusion arises between accounts receivable and accounts payable. The two types of accounts are very similar in the method they are recorded in the general ledger. However, it is essential to differentiate between the two on a firm's balance sheet because one is a liability account, while the other is an asset account. Mixing them up can result in a lack of balance, or worse, bad debt. All of which can carry over into the standard financial statements. Here is more about the difference between accounts receivable and accounts payable.

Accounts payable and accounts receivable perform opposite features in the accounting department. AP is the money a business owes for goods and services purchased, while accounts receivable is the money that other entities owe an organization. Read on to know more. AP is considered a liability account. It keeps track of all funds a business owner is liable for when transacting with another. The enterprises record the outflow of money it owes to vendors and suppliers for goods and services it got on credit.

Accounts receivable (AR) is a current asset account in which a business records the amounts it has a legal right to gather from customers who received services or goods on credit. It's an income that keeps track of all the money third parties owe the firm and cash inflow to the business. This can be any entity, including banks, firms, and individuals who owe them money.

Too much cash languishing on a balance sheet does not leave an organization with enough capital to mitigate debt and invest in growth. As a result, streamlining both operations can positively affect the financial health of an organization, enhance cash flow, and drive revenue. Understanding these two concepts is vital in business. This is the case if firms are just starting and doing a lot of transactions with credit. They must be able to identify both processes to mitigate stress in the long run.

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