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I get information from clients and I enter from their check stubs and deposit receipts. We were usng CSA and had to switch to Quickbooks. I have outstanding checks that I have and some are dated back to 2014. How do I enter these so that I can have these rolling forward each month.
I am doing the same thing regarding outstanding checks. I have the trial balance opening figures the checking balances to the adjusted balance per bank statement (less outstanding checks)
I entered the opening balance from the trial balance, where I am losing my mind is when adding back in the outstanding checks should I expense to open equity balance or how it entered originally?
I know this is basic bookkeeping I am just so overwhelmed with work I cannot think straight.
You don't use Opening Balance Equity, because you know this is Real Equity or you know this is real expense or whatever got paid for. It matters if you are doing this transition in the fiscal year yet to be reported, or in the prior fiscal year. Prior year income and expense roll into Equity, for both cash and accrual basis entities. An uncashed check from the prior year, now that this is Dec 2018, might simply be moot, now. An uncashed check from the prior month, in the current fiscal year, would be "enter that check" as regular check with details. A check from Dec 2018, transitioning to QB for Jan 2019, means your trial balance would not include the check as expense or equity, so that you can put on the check the details. Or, you want it to show it reduces Real Equity. Not OBE. Example:
I see the bank statement for Dec 2018, shows $1,200 for bank balance, and I also know I have two uncashed 2018 checks to enter, $100 each. So I make a deposit as $1,200 from Equity dated Jan 1, 2019. Now I enter those two checks dated historically, and enter what applies (it can be expense or equity, since expense already ends up in Equity on Jan 1, anyway). Now I am managing my available cash per my perspective effective on Jan 2019.
I am also wondering how to handle uncleared cheques from the prior fiscal year and old accounting system.
I have entered the Trial Balance from the old system in the new system (QBO) on the last day of the fiscal year.
These balances already take into account the uncleared cheques, because those cheques were posted in the prior period in the old system.
Wouldn’t adding the cheques again, in the new system, have the net effect of adding them twice?
Do you need to adjust the opening balance entry so that this doesn’t happen? Or can those cheques just be ignored and the transactions Excluded when the cheque shows up in the bank feed?