Thus, the accounts payable turnover ratio demonstrates your business’s efficiency in meeting its short-term debt obligations. So, whenever your supplier provides goods or services on credit to your business, there are accounts payable outstanding on your balance sheet. This means the accounts payable account gets credited as there is an increase in the current liability of your business. Accounts payable is the money a company owes its vendors, while accounts receivable is the money that is owed to the company, typically by customers. When one company transacts with another on credit, one will record an entry to accounts payable on their books while the other records an entry to accounts receivable.

  1. Vendors make their own payment terms, which may include charging interest or late fees on overdue invoices.
  2. Assume, for example, that Acme Manufacturing needs to order a $10,000 piece of machinery.
  3. Once received and processed, the vendor issues an invoice to the company, requesting payment for the goods or services delivered.
  4. At this point, the accounts payable liability is reduced, and the amount is credited to the vendor’s bank account via ACH, check, or wire transfer.

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