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What is the difference between direct write off method and allowance method?

Direct write-off method vs allowance method. Under the direct write-off method, a bad debt is charged to expense as soon as it is apparent that an invoice will not be paid. Under the allowance method, an estimate of the future amount of bad debt is charged to a reserve account as soon as a sale is made.

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Keeping this in view, what is direct write off method?

direct write-off method definition. A method for recognizing bad debts expense arising from credit sales. Rather, an account receivable is written-off directly to expense only after the account is determined to be uncollectible. This method is required for income tax purposes.

Similarly, which is better direct write off or allowance method? The direct write-off method is an easier way of treating the bad debt expense since it only involves a single entry where bad debt expense is debited and accounts receivable is credited. The allowance method is more complicated since it requires you to create a provision account which is a contra-asset account.

Also question is, why is the allowance method preferred over the direct write off method?

Based on generally accepted accounting principles, the allowance method is preferred over the direct method, because it better matches expenses with sales of the same period and properly states the value for accounts receivable.

What is the benefit of using an allowance method of accounting for uncollectible accounts versus using the direct write off method?

The allowance method represents the accrual basis of accounting and is the accepted method to record uncollectible accounts for financial accounting purposes. The direct write-off method is used only when we decide a customer will not pay.

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