Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Definition

The allowance for doubtful accounts (ADA) is a budget line item. It represents the anticipated amount of accounts receivable that may never be collected.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Extended Definition
Also known as bad debt reserve, allowance for doubtful accounts helps small business owners be realistic about their cash flow. When you extend credit to a customer, there is a chance that they will not pay you.

For example, the customer may go out of business or refuse to pay based on a dispute. Doubtful accounts have not been written off yet, but there is reason to believe that payment may not come.

Related Articles
Learn All About Allowance for Doubtful Accounts (Aka Bad Debt Reserve)
Offer Credit to Customers: Pros and Cons

Last Updated By

Andrew Freiman | Feb 24, 2023

Check out Our Accounting Software

See a Demo

Back to Top