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Accrued Expenses
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What are Accrued Expenses?

Accrued expenses in the construction industry refer to the costs that have been incurred but not yet paid for by the end of an accounting period. These could include expenses related to labor, materials, utilities, equipment rentals, and other operational costs integral to a construction project. For example, a construction company may have used subcontractors for a part of the ongoing project, but the bill has not been paid by the end of the accounting period. This cost forms 'accrued expenses'. Even though these expenses are unpaid, they are recorded in the company’s income statement for that period, which allows for accurate reflection of costs associated with revenues earned. Accrual accounting methods offer a more precise measurement of a construction company’s financial health, providing a comprehensive picture of its earnings and expenditures.