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Accounting for Fee Paid to Leasing Company

Our customers have the option to enter into a 3 year 0% interest lease with a 3rd party. The leasing company pays us full value of deal up front, however, they charge us a 11% cost (ie the assumed interest). Would this be a reduction of revenue, COGS, a selling expense, interest expense or other? Has anyone dealt with this before? And, believe we have flexibility in terms of wording on the invoice from leasing company.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

You didn't say when the charge is presented to your company, but since you were not loaned the money, it can't be interest.

You were paid 100% on the sales price, and paid the manufacturer 100% for the item, so I don't believe it should be COGS.

For the same reason, it shouldn't be a reduction of revenue, as this is an option that you provide to your customers, just as taking a credit card.

So, I would say selling expense.

Good question! What does your accounting firm say?

Anonymous
(Controller) |

I like to research on my own a bit before I run things by them. My instinct was a selling expense, but, as could be material wanted to check with the group. Believe we'll be billed monthly. We just piloted first deal - so hard to say how it will go. But, no risk on our end in terms of collections.

Thank you.

EMERSON GALFO
Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
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(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

Just make sure you are following the matching principle. The expense is specific to the sale and may have to find a way to recognize/accrue the 3 month expense when you recognize the sale.

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