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An essential concept in accounting that allows a company to record its financial transactions in the period when they occur.

Accruals are an essential concept in accounting that allows a company to record its financial transactions in the period when they occur, rather than when cash changes hands. 

Due to the fact that they reflect the economic realities of business operations, accruals aid in presenting a more accurate and comprehensive picture of a company's financial performance and situation.

Accruals can be divided into two categories: revenue accruals and expense accruals. Revenue accruals are sums of money that have been earned by offering consumers goods or services but have not yet been paid in full. In the event that a business sells a product to a customer on credit in December but does not receive payment until January, for instance, it would record the revenue as an accrual in December. As a result, the revenue is matched with the period during which it was earned rather than when it was received.

Accrued expenses are those that have been incurred as a result of using supplies but have not yet been paid for in cash. A corporation might record the expense as an accrual in December if, for instance, it consumes energy in December but does not pay the bill until January. By doing this, it is made sure that the expense is matched with the time period during which it was incurred rather than when it was paid.

Accruals are recorded by adjusting journal entries at the end of each accounting period. These entries increase both an income statement account (revenue or expense) and a balance sheet account (asset or liability). For example, to record a revenue accrual of $1,000, the following entry would be made:

Debit Accounts Receivable $1,000

Credit Sales Revenue $1,000

This entry increases both the accounts receivable (an asset) and the sales revenue (an income) by $1,000. When the cash is received in January, another entry would be made to reverse the accrual:

Debit Cash $1,000

Credit Accounts Receivable $1,000

This transaction results in a $1,000 reduction in both the asset of cash and the asset of accounts receivable. Because the revenue was already recognized in December, this item has no impact on the income statement.

According to the matching principle, which applies regardless of when money is transferred, revenues and expenses should be recorded in the same period in which they are earned or incurred. This is the foundation of accrual accounting. According to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and worldwide financial reporting standards, this principle is one of the key justifications why accrual accounting is favored to cash accounting (IFRS). Cash accounting, which can be skewed by time discrepancies between cash inflows and outflows, cannot give an accurate and trustworthy representation of a company's profitability and financial status.