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What is the journal entry to record warranty expense

Warranty expense is recorded in the same period that the sale occurs. There is no standard way to estimate total warranty expense, so management should either use historical data to derive the figure or use a defensible method to deriving an estimate.

As the visual below illustrates, warranty expense is recorded by debiting warranty expense and crediting accrued warranty.


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