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Accounts payable bookkeeping for small businesses

Harmonise your back-office with your bank, payment systems and credit supply. Get greater visibility and control over accounts payable.

Improve your small business accounts payable

Keep accurate financial records and track what you owe suppliers. Aged creditors reporting will help you improve the visibility of financial information and save time on business automation.

Boost your business efficiency

Manage the credit terms of customers. Impose credit limits and set up groups, categories and tags for your suppliers. Find and calculate short-term debt fast. Sage Accounting reveals what you owe to suppliers at any point in time.

Keep suppliers on side

Ensure suppliers are happy by paying them at the right time. It’s easy to analyse and track your business spend across multiple suppliers, using our intelligent reporting.

Avoid hours of admin with automation

Reconcile business transactions instantly inside of your accounting software with our accurate, automated bank feeds. Sign off purchase invoices with ease using AutoEntry (3 month free trial).

“With my bank connected to Sage Accounting I am in control of business performance, and I know where to focus my attention.”

Roisin Culligan
Brew Box Coffee


Accounts payable is how a business processes accounts in the accounting cycle. You may choose to pay bills as soon as they land, but it’s more likely you'll have a number of bills to pay at different times. By adding them to accounts payable you can pay them at a date that suits you and your client.

Sage accounts payable software helps businesses streamline their accounts payable processes through invoice automation, payment remittance, tax calculation and supplier management – for small business accounts payable and receivable.

When a business buys goods or services on credit (rather than cash) it will credit Accounts Payable and the credit balance will increase. When a business pays one of its suppliers the amount included in Accounts Payable, the company should debit Accounts Payable meaning the credit balance is decreased.

Accounts payable is a short-term credit mechanism used by a business to pay a supplier for products and services. Payment terms differ, typically across 30 or 90 days. The payable amount goes into default if a business does not pay within the terms agreed, and is listed on a company's balance sheet. Accounts payable is a liability since it's money owed to creditors and is listed under current liabilities.

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