Small Business Accounting

What are Aged Debtors?

By

Chris Andreou

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An aged debtors report shows a list of customers (debtors) who owe your business money, as well as the amount owed at any given time.

What Are Aged Debtors?

Aged debtors are those customers who have not paid their invoices within the agreed payment terms. This is a common issue for businesses, especially those that are just starting out. Aged debtors can have a serious impact on cash flow and can be difficult to manage if not addressed quickly.

When setting up a business, it is important to establish a clear payment policy and ensure that customers are aware of the terms and conditions. This should include payment terms, such as when invoices are due and the consequences of late payments. It is also important to have a system in place to track and manage aged debtors.

The first step in managing aged debtors is to identify them. This can be done by reviewing the accounts receivable ledger, which lists all outstanding invoices. Aged debtors can be identified by the amount of time since the invoice was issued. For example, if an invoice is more than 30 days overdue, it is considered an aged debtor.

Once aged debtors have been identified, it is important to take action. The first step is to contact the customer and remind them of the overdue payment. This should be done in a professional and polite manner. It is important to be firm but understanding, as the customer may have a genuine reason for not paying.

If the customer does not respond or is unable to pay, the next step is to take legal action. This may involve sending a letter of demand or engaging a debt collection agency. This should only be done as a last resort, as it can be costly and time-consuming.

It is also important to review the payment policy and make any necessary changes. This may include shortening the payment terms or offering incentives for early payment. It is also important to monitor the accounts receivable ledger on a regular basis to ensure that aged debtors are identified and managed quickly.

Aged debtors can have a serious impact on a business’s cash flow. It is important to have a system in place to identify and manage aged debtors. This should include a clear payment policy and a system to track and manage aged debtors. It is also important to take action quickly and review the payment policy to ensure that aged debtors are managed effectively.

<p>An aged debtors report shows a list of customers (debtors) who owe your business money, as well as the amount owed at any given time.</p>

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