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What is the purposeof the 'Start Date' option on the Balance Sheet report?

What is the purposeof the 'Start Date' option on the Balance Sheet report? I can only see that it makes a change if I span the dates over more than one year - it then affects Retained Earnings, but other than that, there is no change if I make the start date any date within the year.
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Re: What is the purposeof the 'Start Date' option on the Balance Sheet report?

Delighted to have you here, @d.paterson.

 

QuickBooks was designed to be a one-stop-shop for business owners, so I'm thrilled to share some information with you on how the Start Date on the Balance Sheet report works.

 

A Balance Sheet is a cumulative report that carries a beginning balance. The “Start Date” shares the same importance with the “End Date” displayed in your Balance Sheet report. This reflects the financial position of a company at a particular point in time. It shows the “time” at which the account values apply.

 

This is a valuable information to a financial institution who wants to determine whether a company qualifies for additional credit or loans. Others who would be interested in the balance sheet include current investors, potential investors, company management, suppliers, some customers, competitors, government agencies, and labor unions.

 

With QuickBooks Online, you can generate 4 different Balance Sheet Report.

  • Balance Sheet shows what you own (assets), what you owe (liabilities), and what you invested (equity).
  • Balance Sheet Summary reflects a summary of what you own (assets), what you owe (liabilities), and what you invested (equity).
  • Balance Sheet Detail displays a detailed view of what you own (assets), what you owe (liabilities), and what you invested (equity).
  • Balance Sheet Comparison shows what you own (assets), what you owe (liabilities), and what you invested (equity) compared to last year.

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Don’t hesitate to swing by the Community again. I'm always here to help if you have follow-up questions about generating Balance Sheet report. Have a great day ahead!

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Re: What is the purposeof the 'Start Date' option on the Balance Sheet report?

Ok, but the Start Date is not actually driving anything, i'd expect it to make some of the data on the report change, but nothing changes.

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Re: What is the purposeof the 'Start Date' option on the Balance Sheet report?

ok, but the Start Date is not actaully driving anything on the report, thats my point, I could literally change it to anything and the data is the same on the report. So my question is - how is this date being used for the report?

QuickBooks Team

Re: What is the purposeof the 'Start Date' option on the Balance Sheet report?

Glad to hear from you again, @d.paterson.

 

Allow me to share additional information on how the “Start Date” that can be helpful to you.

 

The start date would be very helpful if you need to get the details of the transactions included on the report.

 

The Balance Sheet will show the same balance regardless of the start date you select. However, the moment you click the amount reflected on each item or account on the report you’ll be routed to a transactions report. It will only show all the transactions created within the selected date range.

 

This information is useful especially if the Balance Sheet is not showing a correct balance.

 

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have other questions about customizing your Balance Sheet report. I’m always here to help.

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