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How is petty cash reported on the financial statements?

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Harold Averkamp, CPA, MBA

Definition of Petty Cash

Petty Cash is a small amount of money that a company has available to pay small amounts without writing a company check. The money might be used to pay the mail carrier for postage due on an envelope being received, reimbursing an employee for a company errand, etc.

Reporting Petty Cash on the Financial Statements

The petty cash amount may appear as the first or second item listed in the current asset section of the balance sheet. However, the petty cash amount might be combined with the balances in the other cash accounts and their total reported as Cash or as Cash and cash equivalents as the first current asset.

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