Under what circumstances is a future payment reported in the notes to the financial statements as a contingent liability? Please explain.
A contingent liability is a potential liability that may or may not occur, depending on the result of an uncertain future event.
Contingent Liabilities can be broken down into 3 main categories : (1) High Probability Contingent Liability (2) Medium Probability Contingent Liability and (3) Low Probability Contingent Liability.
The liabilities are categorised on 2 main parameters that are:
Any future payment which satisfies the 2 of the above mentioned conditions also known as Medium Probability Contingency must be disclosed under the notes to financial statements as contingent liability.
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