What is the concept of accounts receivable turnover in accounting?

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by olen , in category: Taxation and Accounting , 9 months ago

What is the concept of accounts receivable turnover in accounting?

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by joelle , 9 months ago

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Accounts receivable turnover is a financial metric used in accounting to measure the efficiency of a company's credit and collections policies. It measures the number of times a company collects its average accounts receivable balance during a specific period, usually a year.


The formula to calculate accounts receivable turnover is: Accounts Receivable Turnover = Net Credit Sales / Average Accounts Receivable


Net credit sales represent the total amount of sales made on credit during the period, excluding cash sales. Average accounts receivable is the average balance of accounts receivable during the same period, which is calculated by adding the beginning and ending accounts receivable balance and dividing it by 2.


A higher accounts receivable turnover ratio indicates that a company is collecting its receivables more quickly, which is generally more favorable as it indicates efficient credit management. Conversely, a lower turnover ratio suggests a longer time for the company to collect its receivables.


By tracking accounts receivable turnover, businesses can assess the effectiveness of their credit policies, monitor the liquidity of their customers, and identify potential issues with collecting payments from customers.