European Fintech Payhawk Explains How Businesses Can Use Different Types of Amortization Schedules

European Fintech Payhawk explains that a business can use different types of amortization schedules, but the most common and straightforward type is the “straight-line method.”

As noted in a blog post by Payhawk, this method is where you “evenly distribute the cost of an expense over a period of time.”

For example, Payhawk says that if you purchase “a 12-month subscription that costs £1,200.”

Then, instead of recording the cost in full, you can choose “to amortize it over the next 12 months.” As explained by Payhawk, this approach means “breaking down the total cost of the subscription into 12 payments of £100.”

Other methods of amortization include variable amortization schedules.

These schedules match the amortization with “the progress of a project as a percentage of the work completed.”

This way, instead of recognizing expenses upfront, you allocate “a percentage of the expenses to align with the project work completed.”

For example, Payhawk notes that if you “complete 25% of the project, then you expense 25% of expenses incurred, and so on, until you complete the project and the entire deferred expense costs are accounted for.”

Amortization vs depreciation — these two terms are “sometimes used interchangeably, but there are some significant differences between them.”

Payhawk adds that although they both “include spreading the cost of an expense over the time the asset is in use — amortization is the method of writing off the cost of intangible assets, and deprecation is where you write off tangible assets.”

So, with amortization, you can “write off anything intangible for its projected useful lifetime — software, copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, etc.”

With depreciation, you can write off the cost of your tangible assets, “including vehicles, equipment, property, inventory, etc.”

Although setting up a schedule sounds time-intensive, it’s a job “worth doing in exchange for financial transparency,” the Payhawk update noted.

Here are the “true” benefits of creating an amortization schedule:

  • Expense costs are spread out over the period the expense is still useful, i.e. 12 months
  • Helps optimize tax deductions by spreading the expense cost so you can reduce your taxable income for the year.
  • Assets are properly expensed and recorded on financial statements
  • Supports better budgeting and cash flow projections
  • Conforms with accounting standards for accurate financial reporting

All Payhawk customers have access “to the amortization scheduler, so each of our customers can now start making accurate business decisions based on exact financial data by deferring costs.”

Here are four ways it works in action:

  • The schedule is a composed field with three components: amortization schedule, start date, and end date
  • You can use the same amortization template setup in your ERP, e.g., NetSuite.

In Payhawk, their ERP integrations are “extended to cover amortizations — both pulling in the amortization schedules/methods you have defined in your ERP — and then sending your amortization selection back to your ERP for the reconciliation magic to happen.”

However, you don’t need “an ERP connection.”

At Payhawk, their standard export “has three columns: amortization schedule, start date, and end date.”

It’s not visible to employees and can be “visible to accountants and administrators only.”

The logic, setup, and calculations for amortization happen within your ERP software.

So, customers can simply choose “the method or schedule from a drop-down, e within the Payhawk solution, enter a start and end date, and then hand the information over to the ERP to process.”

Ultimately, their amortization capabilities will aim to “save your financial planners a lot of manual work.”

With our new amortization schedule, you no longer “need to export the expense and manually enter the amortization template and dates.”

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