Anushka Lalwani In: 1. Financial Accounting > Miscellaneous Can accounts payable have a debit balance? Can accounts payable have a debit balance? Share Facebook You must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Captcha* Remember Me! Forgot Password? Need An Account, Sign Up Here 1 Answer Voted Recent Kajal 2023-09-27T00:23:42+00:00Added an answer on September 27, 2023 at 12:23 am This answer was edited. Yes, Accounts Payable can have a Debit balance. Accounts payable is a liability and thus, has a credit balance but can have a debit balance in case the creditor is overpaid or when there is purchase return (for already-paid goods) ACCOUNTS PAYABLE Accounts payable refers to all short-term liabilities of the business that are to be paid. These are usually paid within a duration of 90 days. It includes both Trade payable (goods and services purchased on credit) as well as expenses payable (used but payment not made yet) like rent payable, electricity bill, etc. Businesses cannot make every payment on the spot. There can be cases when the business is facing a shortage of funds, can have funds but doesn’t have enough cash (or liquid funds) to make payment or simply doesn’t want to make payment on the spot to reduce its capital requirement. So, like us businessmen also purchase goods on credit or use services for which payment is to be made soon. All these are liabilities for the business. However, they must be related to the business to be considered as accounts payable. DEBIT BALANCE OF ACCOUNTS PAYABLE Debit balance of accounts payable means money owed by others. There is Debit balance when OVERPAYMENT is made to the creditors or the supplier. It happens when the wrong amount is paid or payment is made twice for the same transaction. Suppose you need to pay $10,000 as rent within 30 days. After 25 days you mistakenly made a payment of $12,000. In this case, Firstly, you will record the transaction by crediting Accounts payable (as liability increased) by $10,000 When payment is made after 25 days, Accounts Payable is debited by $12,000 (as liability decreased) So, there will be a debit balance of $2,000 (which means the creditor owes you) till the creditor returns the excess amount. PURCHASE RETURN of already paid goods also result in debit balance of Accounts Payable. Suppose you bought goods worth $50,000 from Mr A on credit and paid for the same. Later, you returned all the goods because they were defective. Now, there will be Debit balance of Accounts Payable till there is a full refund of $50,000 by Mr A. How is Accounts Payable Treated Normally? Accounts Payable are the current liabilities of the firm and are shown under the head Current Liabilities in the Balance Sheet. Its liability, thus has a credit balance which represents the amount owed by the firm to others. It is credited when increases and debited when decreases. For example – Suppose you purchased goods worth $30,000 and agreed to pay after 30 days. So, Accounts payable will be credited by $30,000 and purchases will be debited by $30,000. Purchases A/c – $30,000 (debit) To Accounts Payable A/c – $30,000 After 30 days payment is made in cash, which means the liability decreased. So, Accounts Payable A/c will be debited. Accounts Payable A/c – $30,00 To Cash – $30,000 0 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Related Questions What are some examples of deferred revenue expenses? Are brands intangible assets? What comes in debit side of Realisation account? What is recorded in the Realisation account? What is not included in Realisation account? What is recorded on the credit side of a Realisation account? Why is profit on debit side?