Allowance for Bad Debts    7001-01   ZZsch

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                            TO:  Interested Christian Schools                                                                     FROM: Jim Bramer, Retired CPA-Auditor
                                                                                                                                                                FILE:  7001-01/sch

                            RE:  Allowance for Bad Debts                                                                             Originated:  January 1989


            What follows is primarily for the benefit of the Christian School, but equally pertains to accounting for any type of Accounts Receivable asset.

            We recommend that you reflect for budget and reporting purposes the income as it is earned, or this billing process places the Ministry on the accrual basis of accounting.

            Further, that your accounting system provides the internal control feature that the individual amounts owed must agree with the Account Receivable Control account within your general ledger. Go to  7010  for certain helpful School Accounts Receivable information.

           Follow-up regularly and detect when people do NOT pay you when they promised.  Do this by regularly producing an  Aged Accounts Receivable list.  Go to 0743  for a sample.  At least monthly, determine aging totals.

            From this aged information you reduce the income, or you estimate a consistent percentage of these aged accounts you will probably NOT receive. This involves setting up an "Allowance for Bad Debts" account that appears as an Asset reduction account. This appears next to the Account Receivable asset in the Balance Sheet and reflects the approximate real Account Receivable asset.

            Of course, this also involves establishing an Estimated Bad Debt expense account, or our preference is to have an Income reduction account that appears next to Tuition Billed account in the Income area of the Actual to Budget, or Income Statement -- likewise, to reflect to net approximate earned income.

            If you would like to see samples of a School's financial reports, please go to  0749.

            We recommend that this be consistent throughout the year as you will likely choose to make these adjustments monthly.


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