The accounting process called ‘reconciliation’ is a method of comparing internal financial records against monthly statements from outside sources, like financial institutions, a credit card company or a bank, to make sure they size up. Reconciliation provides accuracy and consistency in financial accounting, using two sets of records to make sure figures are in agreement and are correct. Reconciliation verifies whether money leaving an account matches what has been spent. It also ensures that both sets of figures are in balance at the end of a recording period. Some differentiation can be accepted because of payments and deposits made at different times. However, any mysterious or unexplained inconsistencies may signal a theft or ‘cooking’ of the books. In other words, being familiar with the process of reconciliation is fundamental to the healthy financial function of your company in Australia, since it detects errors, discrepancies, and fraud.
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Accounts Payable Reconciliation is classified as liabilities reported on the balance sheet, and they must be reconciled to close the books at the end of the month or year. Accounts Receivable reconciliation is where invoices are tracked and matched with incoming payments. As part of good cash-flow management, businesses have to manage their Accounts Receivable for accuracy and fast payment.
The software does most of the work for you if you’re using accounting software for reconciliation. You’ll save a lot of time by doing it this way, but you will still need human intervention to take into account some kinds of transactions that could have become part of the accounting system. Any cash stolen from your petty cash box is one such situation. Therefore the following checks and balances need to be in place:
- Compare your bank statement with your internal account register.
- Check to make sure all incoming and outgoing funds are reflected in both your bank account and internal records.
- Check for banking mistakes in your statements – they do make them.
- Check the accuracy of all balances.
At BYO Group, you’ll have a dedicated account manager to oversee all of your business needs, whilst providing you with ongoing support and advice.
Reconciliation accounting and checking transactions also helps your bookkeeper or accountant to assemble accurate, reliable, high-quality financial statements for your business. Your business balance sheet shows all monies spent via credit, cash or loans and all assets bought with the money. So, the accuracy of the balance sheet greatly depends on the accurate reconciliation of your business’ financial accounts.
When reconciliation accounting is due for your business in Australia, and you’re wondering, “Is there a good accountancy or bookkeeping firm nearby or near me?” Just give BYO Group a call on 0402 100 421; alternatively, you can fill in the convenient online form, and we’ll get back to you. We’re more than happy to help.