Difference between current and non-current liabilities
Current liabilities vs non-current liabilities (comparison)
Current liabilities are the debts that a business expects to pay within 12 months while non-current liabilities are longer term.
Both current and non-current liabilities are reported on the balance sheet. Non-current liabilities may also be called long-term liabilities.
Examples of current liabilities
Current liabilities examples are short-term debt, accounts payable (money owed to suppliers), wages owed, income and sales taxes owed, and pre-sold goods and services.
Examples of non-current liabilities
Non-current liabilities examples are long-term loans and leases, lines of credit, and deferred tax liabilities.
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