What is Accounts Receivable (A/R)?
Accounts Receivable (A/R) in the construction industry refers to the amount of money owed to a construction company for goods and services it has provided but has not yet been paid for. This is typically recorded as an asset on the company's balance sheet as it represents a legal obligation for the customer to remit payment to the company. The A/R system helps track these outstanding payments within a set time period, allowing construction companies to manage their cash flow effectively. It's essential for construction firms to monitor their A/R closely, as late or uncollected payments can significantly impact their financial health and ability to fund future projects.