Current Liabilities

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Current liabilities are obligations that the company is to pay within the coming year or its operating cycle, whichever is longer. Common examples are:

  • Accounts Payable,
  • Wages Payable,
  • Bank Loans Payable,
  • Interest Payable,
  • Taxes payable.


Also included as current liabilities are current maturities of long-term obligations—payments to be made within the next year on long-term obligations. Within the current liabilities section, companies usually list notes payable first, followed by accounts payable. Other items then follow in the order of their magnitude.


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