What is Accounts Payable?
Accounts payable refers to the amount of money owed by a company to its suppliers or vendors for goods or services received but not yet paid for. It represents a liability for the company, as the payment is due in the future.
Proper management of accounts payable is crucial to a company's financial health, as it affects cash flow. Delayed payments can lead to strained relationships with suppliers, and in some cases, discounts may be offered for early payments.
For example, a retail business may owe money to its suppliers for the inventory it has purchased but not yet sold. The amount owed would be recorded as an accounts payable on the company's balance sheet until it is paid.
Effective management of accounts payable can help a company maintain a good reputation with its suppliers, optimize cash flow, and improve its overall financial performance.
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