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Analysis of Bad Debts
Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable (bad debts) is a contra account which reduce the balance of the company’s gross accounts receivable. The relationship between the allowance and the balance in receivables should be relatively constant unless there is a change in the economy overall or a change in customer base.
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable
1 2019 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances for doubtful accounts and product returns ÷ Trade receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ =
|Financial ratio||Description||The company|
|Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross||Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable.||Abbott Laboratories’s allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.|