VijayHelpful In: 1. Financial Accounting > Miscellaneous What are outstanding expenses? What are outstanding expenses? 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 Radha M.Com, NET 2021-08-17T16:51:37+00:00Added an answer on August 17, 2021 at 4:51 pm This answer was edited. Outstanding expenses are those expenses that have been incurred during the accounting period but are yet to be paid. Basically, any expense which has become due for payment but is not paid will be called an outstanding expense. Outstanding expenses are treated as a liability as the business is yet to make payment against them. Examples of outstanding expenses include outstanding rent, salary, wages, etc. At the end of the accounting year, outstanding expenses have to be accounted for in the book of accounts so that the financial statements reflect the accurate profit/loss of the business. Journal entry for recording outstanding expenses: Expense A/c Debit To Outstanding Expenses A/c Credit (Being expenses outstanding at the end of the year) The concerned expense A/c is debited as there is an increase in expenses. Outstanding expenses are a liability, hence they are credited. Let me give you a simple example, Max, a sole proprietor pays 1,00,000 as salary for his employees at the end of every month. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, he could not pay his employees’ salaries for March month. So the salary for March (1,00,000) will be treated as an outstanding expense. The following entry is made to record outstanding salaries for the year. Salary A/c 1,00,000 To Outstanding Salaries A/c 1,00,000 (Being salaries outstanding at the end of the year) At the end of the year, outstanding salary will be adjusted in the P&L A/c and it will be shown as a Current Liability in the Balance Sheet. 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? Can accounts payable have a debit balance?