Expense


Expense
1. The economic costs that a business incurs through its operations to earn revenue. In order to maximize profits, businesses must attempt to reduce expenses without also cutting into revenues. Because expenses are such an important indicator of a business's operations, there are specific accounting rules on expense recognition.

2. Money spent or costs incurred that are tax-deductible and reduce taxable income.

1. Expenses are the opposite of revenues. Examples of expenses include payments to suppliers, employee wages, factory leases and depreciation.

2. Tax authorities frequently have very specific regulations that allow people to deduct certain expenses if used for business-related activities. For example, a traveling salesperson is allowed to deduct traveling expenses (fuel expenses and car rental costs) as a business deduction, because those costs are an integral part of the job.


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  • Expense — Ex*pense , n. [L. expensa (sc. pecunia), or expensum, fr. expensus, p. p. of expendere. See {Expend}.] 1. A spending or consuming; disbursement; expenditure. [1913 Webster] Husband nature s riches from expense. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expense — [ek spens′, ikspens′] n. [ME < Anglo Fr < LL expensa (pecunia), paid out (money) < L expensum, neut. pp. of expendere: see EXPEND] 1. Obs. the act of expending; a spending or using up 2. financial cost; fee; charge 3. any cost or… …   English World dictionary

  • expense — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. expense, O.Fr. espense money provided for expenses, from L.L. expensa disbursement, outlay, expense, prop. neut. pl. pp. of L. expendere to weigh out money, to pay down (see EXPEND (Cf. expend)). The verb is 1909, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • expense — ► NOUN 1) the cost incurred in or required for something. 2) (expenses) specific costs incurred in the performance of a job or task. 3) something on which money must be spent. ● at the expense of Cf. ↑at the expense of …   English terms dictionary

  • expense — cost, *price, charge …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • expense — noun 1 cost/money spent on sth ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, enormous, great, huge, significant, vast ▪ added, additional, extra …   Collocations dictionary

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