can you use the penalty expense account for late payments also

by Renee

Can I use the penalty expense account for my late payments as well as penalties

Hi Renee,

Usually what I do is determine if the late charge I'm paying is just a fee, or interest. If it's interest (like a credit card payment) I post the late charge (not the payment - just the late charge) to Interest Expense.

If the late charge is just a fee, not interest, I just post the whole payment (regular payment plus late fee) to the expense account for the bill.

The time to use a Penalty Expense is for tax penalties. Penalties are not deductible on your tax return, so you don't want to post any late fees to that account.

Hope that helps Renee!


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