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What are Accounts Payable?

On a balance sheet, Accounts Payable is a section under ‘Liabilities’ that details the obligations the company has to pay off short-term debts.

Goods and services rendered to a company by suppliers, banks, utilities, and so forth will need to be paid for in the short term, and these bills are accounted for in the Accounts Payable. In a Company's Balance Sheet, the Payables will appear in the Current Liabilities section, and these tend to have cycles of 30-90 days in which they should be paid.

Those who are owed in the Accounts Payable are considered ‘Creditors of the company.’ Accounts Payable will appear on the Statement of Cash Flows.

Keywords: balance sheet, accounts payable, current liabilities,