An accrued expense is an accounting expense recognized in the books before it is paid for. It is a liability, and is usually current. These expenses are typically periodic and documented on a company’s balance sheet due to the high probability that they will be collected.
What is an accrual entry?
This means that an accrual-type adjusting entry is needed because the company incurred wages expenses on December 30-31 but nothing will be entered routinely into the accounting records by the end of the accounting period on December 31. A third example is the accrual of utilities expense.