prashant06 In: 1. Financial Accounting > Miscellaneous What are prepaid expenses? What are prepaid 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 Naina@123 (B.COM and CMA-Final) 2021-08-17T11:23:24+00:00Added an answer on August 17, 2021 at 11:23 am This answer was edited. Prepaid expenses are those expenses that have not been expired yet but their payment has already made in advance. There are many examples of prepaid expenses such as rent paid in advance, interest paid in advance, unexpired insurance You might be wondering what kind of account it is? As the name suggests it should be an expense but actually it’s an asset. When we initially record prepaid expenses we consider them as current assets and show them in the balance sheet. It turns out to be an expense when we use the service/item for what we have paid for in advance. The entry for the above explanation is as follows: From the modern rule, we know Assets and expenses increased are debits while decrease in assets and expenses are credit. As this is asset, increase in asset therefore we debit prepaid expense and on the other hand we pay cash/ bank on behalf of that asset in advance hence there is decrease in assets hence credited. The entry will be as follows: Prepaid Expense A/c …….Dr XXX To Cash/ Bank XXX when this prepaid expense actually becomes expense we pass the adjusting entry. The entry will be as follows: Expense A/c …….Dr XXX To Prepaid expense XXX Let me give you simple example of the above entry. Suppose you pay advance rent of Rs 9,000 for six months for the space you haven’t used yet. So you need to record this as prepaid expense and show it on the asset side of the balance sheet under current assets. Since you paid for the same the entry would be as follows: Prepaid Rent A/c …….Dr 9,000 To Cash/ Bank 9,000 As each month passes we will adjust the rent with prepaid rent account. Since the rent was advanced for 6 months, therefore (9,000/6) Rs 1500 will be adjusted each month with the rent expense account. The adjustment entry will be: Rent A/c …….Dr 1,500 To Prepaid rent 1,500 The process is repeated until the rent is used and asset account becomes nil. 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?