It is the money that a company owes to outside parties,
from bills it has to pay to suppliers to interest on bonds it has issued
to creditors to rent, utilities and salaries.
Moreover, there are two types of liabilities.
Current liabilities and Long term liabilities.
Current liabilities are those that are due within one year and are listed in order of their due date.
Current liabilities accounts might include:
Current portion of long-term debt
Rent, tax, utilities
Dividends payable and others
Long-term liabilities are due at any point after one year.
Long-term debt: interest and principal on bonds issued.
Pension fund liability: the money a company is required to pay
into its employees' retirement accounts
Deferred tax liability: taxes that have been accrued but
will not be paid for another year
(Besides timing, this figure reconciles differences
between requirements for financial reporting and
the way tax is assessed, such as depreciation calculations.)
Some liabilities are considered off the balance sheet, meaning that they will not appear on the balance sheet.
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