AbhishekBatabyalHelpful In: 1. Financial Accounting > Miscellaneous What is deferred revenue? What is deferred revenue? 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 Ayushi Curious Pursuing CA 2021-10-06T11:55:08+00:00Added an answer on October 6, 2021 at 11:55 am This answer was edited. The word, “deferred” means delayed or postponed and “revenue” in layman’s terms means income. Therefore deferred revenue means the revenue which is yet to be recognised as income. It is actually unearned income. In accrual accounting, income is recognised only when it is accrued or earned. Deferred revenue is the income received before the performance of the economic activity to earn it. Example: A shoe shop owner gives an order to a shoe manufacturer of 1000 pair of shoes which is to be delivered after 4 months. He also gives him a cheque of ₹15,000 in advance, the rest ₹5000 is to be given at the time of delivery. So, in this case, the ₹15,000 is actually is unearned revenue i.e. deferred revenue. It will be recognised as revenue when the shoe manufacture completes the order and deliver it. Till then, the deferred revenue is reported as a liability in the balance sheet. Like this: After recognition as revenue, it will be reported in the statement of profit or loss: Hence, to summarise, deferred revenue is: Unearned revenue Recognised as income till it is earned Till then it is recognised and reported as a liability in the balance sheet. Some examples of deferred revenue are as follows: Advance rent received Advance payment for goods to be delivered. Advanced payment for services to be provided. Now the question arises why deferred revenue is recognised as a liability. It is due to the fact that the business may not be able to perform the economic activity successfully to earn that revenue. Taking the above example, suppose the shoe manufacturer is not able to honour its commitment and the shoe shop owner can wait no more, then the advanced money of ₹ 15,000 is to be refunded. That’s why deferred revenue is recognised as a liability because it is a liability if we consider the principle of conservatism (GAAP). 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?