Question from a non-accountant.
When might values appear in “Future Commitments” on the Balance Sheet and how do they differ from Liabilities ?
The reason I’m asking is that I was wondering whether this would help me identify something where I know I will have a financial obligation but for which I’ve not yet placed an order.
My specific example: we have a community cinema. People buy tickets for a film that we will show in 2 month’s time. In order for that film show to go ahead I will have to purchase a film license - however, I never order that license until a couple of weeks before the show, and the payment is not made until after the show has completed I’ve therefore got cash in my bank account which gives a false impression of our overall liabilities.
Through my non-accountant eyes that would be a future commitment - but is that technically correct ? And if so, how do values appear on the Future Commitment line in the balance sheet ?
Thanks, and apologies if this is a dumb question.