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There are two methods for a small business to record bad debt. The first method is to simply write-off bad debt when it occurs. As a result of this method, your income statement and balance sheet may be severely impacted period to period as bad debt write-offs can vary drastically. To remove this fluctuation, accountants created a contra account, “Allowance for Doubtful Accounts.” With this account, a bookkeeper will estimate the amount of sales that will result in bad debt for each period. This estimate is recorded as bad debt expense on the income statement, and as a reduction of net accounts receivable value on the balance sheet through the Allowance for Doubtful Account. When a bad debt is written off, the bookkeeper reduces the accounts receivable account, but also reduces the contra asset account, Allowance for Doubtful Accounts. As a result of this method, the balance sheet and income statement are not both affected by actual bad debt write-offs. This method reduces spurious fluctuations of financial reports, and provides managers with a clearer picture of the business.

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