Financial Statements - Balance Sheet Components - Liabilities

Total Liabilities
Liabilities have the same classifications as assets: current and long-term.

3. Current liabilities - These are debts that are due to be paid within one year or the operating cycle, whichever is longer; further, such obligations will typically involve the use of current assets, the creation of another current liability or the providing of some service.

Usually included in this section are:

  • Bank indebtedness - This amount is owed to the bank in the short term, such as a bank line of credit.
  • Accounts payable - This amount is owed to suppliers for products and services that are delivered but not paid for.
  • Wages payable (salaries), rent, tax and utilities - This amount is payable to employees, landlords, government and others.
  • Accrued liabilities (accrued expenses) - These liabilities arise because an expense occurs in a period prior to the related cash payment. This accounting term is usually used as an all-encompassing term that includes customer prepayments, dividends payables and wages payables, among others.
  • Notes payable (short-term loans) - This is an amount that the company owes to a creditor, and it usually carries an interest expense.
  • Unearned revenues (customer prepayments) - These are payments received by customers for products and services the company has not delivered or started to incur any cost for its delivery.
  • Dividends payable - This occurs as a company declares a dividend but has not of yet paid it out to its owners.
  • Current portion of long-term debt - The currently maturing portion of the long-term debt is classified as a current liability. Theoretically, any related premium or discount should also be reclassified as a current liability.
  • Current portion of capital-lease obligation - This is the portion of a long-term capital lease that is due within the next year.
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Current liabilities above are listed in order of their due date.

4. Long-term Liabilities - These are obligations that are reasonably expected to be liquidated at some date beyond one year or one operating cycle. Long-term obligations are reported as the present value of all future cash payments. Usually included are:

  • Notes payables - This is an amount the company owes to a creditor, which usually caries an interest expense.
  • Long-term debt (bonds payable) - This is long-term debt net of current portion.
  • Deferred income tax liability - GAAP allows management to use different accounting principles and/or methods for reporting purposes than it uses for corporate tax filings (IRS). Deferred tax liabilities are taxes due in the future (future cash outflow for taxes payable) on income that has already been recognized for the books. In effect, although the company has already recognized the income on its books, the IRS lets it pay the taxes later (due to the timing difference). If a company's tax expense is greater than its tax payable, then the company has created a future tax liability (the inverse would be accounted for as a deferred tax asset).
  • Pension fund liability - This is a company's obligation to pay its past and current employees' post-retirement benefits; they are expected to materialize when the employees take their retirement (defined-benefit plan). Valued by actuaries and represents the estimated present value of future pension expense, compared to the current value of the pension fund. The pension fund liability represents the additional amount the company will have to contribute to the current pension fund to meet future obligations.
  • Long-term capital-lease obligation - This is a written agreement under which a property owner allows a tenant to use and rent the property for a specified period of. Long-term capital-lease obligations are net of current portion.
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The liabilities above are listed in order of their due date.

Balance Sheet Components - Marketable & Nonmarketable Instruments
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