What is 'Sundry Income'

Sundry income is income generated from sources other than a company's normal income-generating business operations. This includes any income not generated by the sale of the company's products and services. Sundry income is likely to be less predictable in nature than revenue from a business' primary operations as the associated activities are often irregular in nature and cannot be seen as guaranteed sources of income over the long term.

BREAKING DOWN 'Sundry Income'

Sundry income is a nonmaterial source of income and is generally trivial in relation to a company's income from operations. Even though sundry income may not make up a large part of a business’ income, this does not mean the amounts are negligible. There is no limit to the amount of income that may qualify as sundry income as the defining characteristic is based on the irregularity of the fund source and not the amount of funds generated. On the income statement or balance sheet, sundry income may also be listed as miscellaneous income or other operating income.

Sundry income must be recorded on financial statements and balance sheets as it has an effect on a business’ net worth and needs to be reported to shareholders. Additionally, sundry income may come with tax implications that must be addressed by the business; the income must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) along with the income generated from normal business operations.

Sources of Sundry Income

Sundry income may include income from a variety of sources, the nature of which may change from one accounting period to the next accounting period. For example, late fees, profits on the sales of minor assets or foreign exchange gains may qualify as sundry income depending on the nature of the business involved. Income from sources such as interest income may be included in sundry income depending on whether a company has substantial interest income due to large cash balances. In those instances, interest income may be shown as a line item separate from sundry income.

Sundry Income vs. Sundry Expenses

While sundry income includes all of the miscellaneous sources of income a business may generate, sundry expenses encompass the irregular small expenses that are not otherwise assigned within the account. While the nature of sundry expenses may vary from one business to the next, it generally does not include regular operating expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, depreciation, employee pay and benefits, or utility payments.

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