Accrued revenue is an asset account that could be accounts receivable to record revenue that’s earned before cash is received, under the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) accrual basis of accounting. GAAP accounting standards, including ASC 606 for revenue recognition in corporate finance, are based on the revenue recognition principle that defines when revenue is earned.
Accrual accounting is a GAAP method of accounting to record revenue when earned and expenses when incurred (not paid), summarizing results in accrual basis financial statements. Accrual based accounting uses the matching principle to record revenues and related expenses in the same accounting period. Record accrued liabilities or related assets simultaneously with double-entry bookkeeping.