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Are credit/purchasing card payments treated as trade receivables?

So if I pay my suppliers with a purchasing card (Visa/MC/AMEX) how is that payment treated? Meaning if it is considered a “trade receivable” and millions of dollars are paid to suppliers, wouldn’t the account treatment have the net effect of helping to clean-up my balance sheet??? Is there a benefit from an accounting perspective to a buyer use a purchasing card?


Bob Leonard
Title: President
Company: Strategic Business Services
(President, Strategic Business Services) |

When you make the payment to the supplier, you clear that A/P and create a new A/P to the credit Card Co. which remains open until you have paid the Credit Card Co. If the obligation is wi the Credit Card Co on day one then it would look like any other A/P until it is paid. So there would be no impact on the total liability or total A/P.

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