deferred revenues definition

A balance sheet liability account that reports amounts received in advance of being earned. For example, if a company receives $10,000 today to perform services in the next accounting period, the $10,000 is unearned in this accounting period. It is deferred to the next accounting period by crediting a liability account such as Unearned Revenues. Next period (when it is earned) a journal entry will be made to debit the liability account and to credit a revenue account.