deferred charges

Deferred Charge

An asset on a balance sheet that comes about from a business making payment for a good or service it has not yet received, but will in the near future. Prepaid expenses are expensed over time as the goods or services are received. A common example of a prepaid expense is an insurance policy. Another example is a lump sum payment for rent; if a company pays for a year's worth of rent in advance, it is recorded as a deferred charge. A deferred charge is also called a prepaid expense.
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deferred charges

An accounting and tax concept in which nontangible costs that are expected to provide value over a number of years are booked as assets and then reduced each year by a pro rata amount as they are charged to expenses.


Acme Inc. pays a broker $75,000 to negotiate a 10-year lease on very favorable terms.

Year 1, day 1: Acme writes a check for $75,000 and books an asset for $75,000.

Year 1, day 2: Acme enters an expense for $7,500 (one-tenth of the total amount) and reduces the asset by $7,500. The net result is that, at the end of year 1, Acme has $75,000 missing from its bank account, but this is balanced by an asset of $67,500 and an expense of $7,500.

Years 2 through 10: Continue the same process as year 1, day 2 until the deferred charge is finally $0 and the last $7,500 is expensed.

If you do not properly account for such deferred charges on your taxes, you risk an audit, disallowance of expenses, penalties, and interest.

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