QuickBooks 2016 All-in-One For Dummies (2016)
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Contents at a Glance
1. Chapter 1: Administering QuickBooks
1. Keeping Your Data Confidential
2. Using QuickBooks in a Multi-User Environment
3. Using Audit Trails
4. Enabling Simultaneous Multi-User Access
5. Maintaining Good Accounting Controls
2. Chapter 2: Protecting Your Data
1. Backing Up the QuickBooks Data File
2. Restoring a QuickBooks Data File
3. Condensing the QuickBooks Company Files
3. Chapter 3: Troubleshooting
1. Using the QuickBooks Help File and This Book
2. Browsing Intuit’s Product-Support Website
3. Checking Another Vendor’sProduct-Support Website
4. Tapping into Intuit’s Onlineand Expert Communities
5. Trying an Internet Newsgroup
6. When All Else Fails …
In This Chapter
· Securing your data
· Managing QuickBooks in a multi-user environment
· Enabling audit trails
· Setting up QuickBooks for simultaneous multi-user access
· Managing accounting controls
QuickBooks does something that’s critically important to the success of your business: It collects and supplies financial information. For this reason, you want to have a firm understanding of how you can protect the data that QuickBooks collects and stores, as well as the assets that QuickBooks tracks. This chapter describes all this.
Keeping Your Data Confidential
Accounting data is often confidential information. Your QuickBooks data shows how much money you have in the bank, what you owe creditors, and how much (or how little!) profit your firm produces. Because this information is private, your first concern in administering a QuickBooks accounting system is keeping your data confidential.
You have two complementary methods for keeping your QuickBooks data confidential. The first method for maintaining confidentiality relies on the security features built into Microsoft Windows. The other method relies on QuickBooks’s security features.
Using Windows security
You can use the security provided by Microsoft Windows to restrict access to a file — either a program file or a data file — to specific users. This means that you can use Windows-level security to say who can and can’t use the QuickBooks program or access the QuickBooks data file.
I don’t describe how Windows-level security works in this book. If you’re already employing Windows-level security, you (or someone in your office) know how to use that tool to prevent unauthorized access to (or use of) program files and data files. To use Windows-level security for QuickBooks, you can simply apply your existing general knowledge to the QuickBooks program file or the QuickBooks data file.
If you aren’t already using Windows-level security, you don’t need to go to the trouble of learning Windows’s complicated security system. You can use the simpler QuickBooks security.
Using QuickBooks security
You can protect the confidentiality of your QuickBooks data by assigning a password to a QuickBooks company data file. You can do this during the QuickBooks setup process. You can also set up a password by choosing the Company ⇒ Change Your Password command. When you choose this command, QuickBooks displays the Change QuickBooks Password dialog box (see Figure 1-1). To set up a password, you simply enter the same password in both the New Password text box and the Confirm New Password text box. Note that your password is associated with the username Admin (which stands for administrator). If you haven’t yet set up a password, you don’t have an old password, so you won’t see an Old Password text box. If you’re working with an Administrator password, you must also provide a challenge question and answer. (This will let you recover your access to your QuickBooks file if you forget the Administrator password.)
Figure 1-1: The Change QuickBooks Password dialog box.
Obviously, you want to set your password so that no one (not even a computer) can possibly guess it. This means that your password shouldn’t be a word in a dictionary. Your password also shouldn’t be a number. And your password especially shouldn’t be a word, phrase, or name that some co-worker can easily figure out. The best passwords (from a security point of view) are nonsensical combinations of letters and numbers, such as f34t5s or s3df43x2. And one other thing. Longer is better.
After you set your password, you should change it periodically. To change your password, you also choose the Company ⇒ Change Your Password command. QuickBooks again displays the Change QuickBooks Password dialog box. This time, you must enter your old password in the Change Password text box. Then you need to enter your new password in both the New Password text box and the Confirm New Password text box.
QuickBooks requires a username and password before it will open the company data file. For example, if you assign a password to your company data file, whenever QuickBooks starts, it displays the QuickBooks Login dialog box, where you enter your username and password and then click OK. QuickBooks opens the data file. If you can’t supply the password, QuickBooks doesn’t open the data file.
Using QuickBooks in a Multi-User Environment
You aren’t limited to using just one password to control access to your QuickBooks data file. QuickBooks allows you to set up several passwords for the QuickBooks data file. What’s really neat about this is that you can tell QuickBooks to allow certain users and passwords to do only certain things. This sounds complicated, but it’s really not. The business owner, for example, may have a password that allows her to do anything. But a new accounting clerk, for example, may have a password that allows him only to record bills in the system.
Setting up additional QuickBooks users
If more than one person will be using QuickBooks, you want to set up additional users.
Adding users in QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions
To add users in QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, follow these steps:
1. Choose the Company ⇒ Users ⇒ Set Up Users and Roles command.
QuickBooks displays the User and Roles dialog box (see Figure 1-2). The Users and Roles dialog box identifies any users for whom QuickBooks access has been set up and the roles QuickBooks can fill when using QuickBooks. The Users list, which shows on the User List tab of the dialog box, also identifies who is currently logged on to the system.
2. Tell QuickBooks that you want to add a user by clicking the New button.
When you click this button, QuickBooks displays the New User dialog box, as shown in Figure 1-3.
3. Identify the user and supply a password.
You need to give each user for whom you are setting up a username. You do this by entering a short name — perhaps the user’s first name — in the User Name box. After you identify the user, you enter the user’s password in both the Password text box and the Confirm Password text box.
4. Identify the user’s role(s).
Use the Available Roles list box to select the roles (or duties) the user fills. Then add the selected role to the user’s list of assigned roles by clicking the Add button. To remove a role from a user, select the role in the Assigned Roles list box and then click Remove.
The Description box at the bottom of the New User dialog box describes the role in more detail, including the type of QuickBooks user who might typically be assigned the selected role.
5. (Optional) Modify roles as necessary.
You can fine-tune the roles that you (with QuickBooks’s help) assign. To do so, select the Roles tab of the Users and Roles dialog box, click the role you want to change, and then click the Edit button. When QuickBooks displays the Edit Role dialog box (see Figure 1-4), select an accounting activity or area in the Area and Activities list and then use the Area Access Level buttons to specify what a user with the selected role can do. You can indicate that the user should have no access by selecting the None radio button. You can indicate that the user should have full access by selecting the Full radio button. If the user should have partial access, you select the Partial button and then check or clear (as appropriate) the Create, Modify, Delete, Print, and View Balance boxes. Click OK to save any changes to the roles and return to the Users and Roles dialog box.
You can see what access any role initially has by selecting one of the entries in the Area and Activities list. QuickBooks uses the Area Access Level buttons and boxes to show the current settings for the role.
As a general rule, when it comes to accounting controls, you want to provide a minimal amount of access. If someone doesn’t need access to the QuickBooks data file for day-to-day duties, you should select the None button. If someone needs a little bit of access — perhaps to prepare job estimates or invoices — you give just that access and nothing more. A little bit later in this chapter, in the section “Maintaining Good Accounting Controls,” I talk about why minimizing user rights and access is so important. But the bottom line is this: The more ability you give employees or subcontractors or accountants to noodle around in your accounting system, the greater the risk that someone can either inadvertently or intentionally introduce errors into the system. Also, the greater the rights and access you give, the easier you make it for someone to steal from you.
6. (Optional) Review your user permissions.
After you set up a user, you should (just to be careful) review the permissions you’ve given the user. To do this, click the User List tab of the Users and Roles dialog box, select the user, and then click the View Permissions button. When QuickBooks displays the View Permissions dialog box (not shown), select the user and then click the Display button to see the View Permissions window (see Figure 1-5), which displays a very detailed list of what the user can and can’t do.
7. (Optional) Review your role modifications.
If you make changes to a role’s permissions, you probably also want to review those changes. To do that, click the Role List tab of the Users and Roles dialog box, select the role, and then click the View Permissions button. QuickBooks displays another version of the View Permissions dialog box that lists the roles you and QuickBooks have set up. Select the role you want to review and then click the View Permissions button. QuickBooks displays another version of the View Permissions window, with a detailed list of what someone with the role can and can’t do.
8. After you finish reviewing user and role permissions, click Close to close any open windows and then click the Cancel or Close button to close any open dialog boxes.
From this point forward, the new user can use QuickBooks; however, her rights are limited to what you specified.
Accountants often want to see the rights that particular users have. This is especially true if you’re audited by your CPA as part of annual closings. (You may be audited if the bank wants audited financial statements, for example.) QuickBooks’s View Permissions window is a slick way to see this data online, and if you want to print a copy of the permissions information, all you need to do is click the window’s Print button.
Figure 1-2: The Users and Roles dialog box.
Figure 1-3: The New User dialog box.
Figure 1-4: The Edit Role box.
Figure 1-5: The View Permissions dialog box.
Adding users in QuickBooks Pro and Premier
To set up additional users in QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks Premier, follow these steps:
1. Choose the Company ⇒ Set Up Users and Passwords ⇒ Set Up Users command.
QuickBooks displays the User List dialog box (not shown), which identifies any users for whom QuickBooks access has been set up and who are currently logged on to the system.
2. Tell QuickBooks that you want to add a user by clicking the Add User button.
QuickBooks displays the first Set Up User Password and Access dialog box.
3. Identify the user, and supply a password.
Give each user for whom you’re setting up a password a username by entering a short name — perhaps the user’s first name — in the User Name box. After you identify the user, you enter the user’s password in both the Password text box and the Confirm Password text box.
4. Click Next to continue and then indicate whether you want to limit access for the new user.
When QuickBooks displays the second Set Up User Password and Access dialog box, indicate whether you want to limit access and rights for the user. If you do want to limit access and rights (rights are simply the things that the user can do), select the Selected Areas of QuickBooks radio button. If you want the user to be able to do anything, select the All Areas of QuickBooks radio button. If you indicate that the new user should have access to all areas of QuickBooks, you’re done setting up the user password. You can skip the remaining steps.
5. Click Next to continue and then describe access to sales and accounts receivable information and tasks.
After you complete Step 4, QuickBooks displays the third Set Up User Password and Access dialog box. This is the first of a series of dialog boxes that walk you through an interview, asking detailed questions about what kind of access each user should have to a particular area. For example, with regard to sales activity, QuickBooks asks about access to transactions (such as invoices, credit memos, and accounts receivable information). You can indicate that the user should have no access by selecting the No Access radio button. You can indicate that the user should have full access by selecting the Full Access radio button. If the user should have partial access, you select the Selective Access radio button and then select one of the Selective Access subsidiary buttons: Create Transactions Only, Create and Print Transactions, or Create Transactions and Create Reports.
6. Click Next and then describe the purchases and accounts payable rights.
After you complete Step 5 by clicking Next, QuickBooks displays the fourth Set Up User Password and Access dialog box, which allows you to specify what access this new user has in the purchases and accounts payable areas. You can select the No Access radio button. You can select the Full Access radio button. Or you can select some middle ground by selecting the Selective Access radio button and one of the Selective Access subsidiary buttons. The same rules for setting rights and access that apply to the purchases and accounts payable area apply to the sales and accounts receivable area.
7. Click Next and then describe the remaining user rights and access.
When you click the Next button shown at the bottom of each version of the Set Up User Password and Access dialog box, QuickBooks displays several other versions of the dialog box that it uses to query you about user rights and access. For example, after you describe what rights are appropriate for the user in the purchases and accounts payable area, QuickBooks asks about the checking and credit card area. Then it asks about the inventory area. Next, it asks about payroll. Then it asks about general, sensitive accounting activities. Finally, QuickBooks asks about access to financial reporting capabilities.
You limit rights in each of these other areas the same way that you do for the sales and accounts receivable and for the purchases and accounts payable areas. Therefore, I’m not going to describe how you select the No Access option button, the Full Access option button, or the Selective Access button over and over again. Just be thoughtful as you go through the screens and limit the ability of the user. You want users to have the rights necessary to do their job, but you don’t want to give them any more rights than they need.
8. Specify whether the user can change or delete transactions.
After you’ve stepped through roughly a half-dozen versions of the Set Up User Password and Access dialog boxes that ask about specific areas of accounting, QuickBooks displays the Changing or Deleting Transactions page of the Set Up User Password and Access dialog box. The Changing or Deleting Transactions page lets you indicate that a user can or can’t change transactions recorded before the closing date. In general, you want to limit a user’s abilities to change or delete transactions.
9. Click Next and then review your rights decisions.
When you click Next, QuickBooks displays the final version of the Set Up User Password and Access dialog box, which identifies the user rights that you assigned or allowed. You can use this dialog box to review the rights that someone has. If you realize that you’ve incorrectly assigned rights, click the Back button to move back through the dialog boxes to the one where you made a mistake. Change the assignment of rights, and click the Next button to return to the final window of the Set Up User Password and Access dialog box.
10. When you finish with the review of user rights and access, click Finish.
From this point forward, the new user will be able to use QuickBooks; however, his or her rights are limited to what you specified.
Accountants often want to see the rights that particular users have. This is especially true if you’re audited by your CPA as part of annual closings. (You may be audited if the bank wants audited financial statements, for example.) QuickBooks doesn’t provide a way for you to print the information shown in the Set Up User Password and Access dialog box. However, Windows allows you to use the Print Screen key to capture a screen shot of the QuickBooks program window and the Set Up User Password and Access dialog box.
Press Alt+Print Scrn to shoot a screen shot of the dialog box. This copies an image of your screen to the Windows Clipboard. Next, open Paint by choosing Start ⇒ Programs ⇒ Accessories ⇒ Paint. Paste the image into Paint by pressing Ctrl+V. You may see an error message that says The image in the Clipboard is larger than the bitmap. Would you like the bitmap enlarged? Click Yes. Save the screen shot by choosing File ⇒ Save As. (This is the same basic technique that I use, for example, to show you pictures of the QuickBooks window in the pages of this book.) You may want to capture a screen shot image this way in order to record the user access and rights for employees.
Changing user rights in Enterprise Solutions
You can also modify the rights that you assign to a user. To do this in QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, choose the Company ⇒ Users ⇒ Set Up Users and Roles command to display the Users and Roles dialog box (see Figure 1-6).
Figure 1-6: The Users and Roles dialog box.
To change a user’s rights after reviewing them, select the user and click the Edit button. This tells QuickBooks to display the Edit User dialog box (see Figure 1-7), which closely resembles the New User dialog box that you used to originally set up the user and describe his or her rights. You use the User Name, Password, and Confirm Password text boxes to change the user information. You can use the Available Roles, Assigned Roles, and Add and Remove buttons to change what the user can do within QuickBooks.
Figure 1-7: The Edit User dialog box.
To duplicate a user (you may want to add a second user with permissions that mirror some other user’s permissions), select the user you want to clone and then click Duplicate. When QuickBooks displays the Duplicate User dialog box (see Figure 1-8), finish describing the new user, and click OK.
Figure 1-8: The Duplicate User dialog box.
To remove a user, you also use the User and Roles dialog box. Simply select the user and then click the Delete button. QuickBooks asks you to confirm your deletion. When you click the Yes button for confirmation, QuickBooks removes the user.
Changing user rights in Premier
You can modify the rights that you assign to a user in QuickBooks Premier. To do this, choose Company ⇒ Set Up Users and Passwords ⇒ Set Up Users to display the User List dialog box (not shown.)
To look at the rights that a particular user has, select the user in the list and then click the View User button. When you do, QuickBooks displays the View User Access dialog box (not shown). This dialog box shows the same information as the final version of the Set Up User Access and Password dialog box, which is the dialog box that you use to initially specify what rights a user should have. Click the Leave button, obviously, to close the View User Access dialog box.
To change a user’s rights after reviewing them, select the user and then click the Edit User button. This tells QuickBooks to step through the same set of dialog boxes that you used to originally set up the user and describe his rights. You use the Next and Back buttons to do things such as change the username or password, specify whether the user should be limited in his access, and — if necessary — to specifically limit the user’s access to a particular activity within QuickBooks.
To remove a user, you also use the User List dialog box. Simply select the user and then click the Delete User button. QuickBooks asks you to confirm your deletion. When you click the Yes button for confirmation, QuickBooks removes the user.
Using Audit Trails
If you decide to allow multiple users access to the QuickBooks data file, you’ll appreciate the QuickBooks Audit Trail feature, which keeps a record of who makes what changes to the QuickBooks data file.
You can’t remove transactions from the Audit Trail list or history except by archiving and condensing data. Archiving and condensing data are described in Book VII, Chapter 2.
Turning on audit trail tracking
QuickBooks provides an always-on Audit Trail feature that you can use if you ever need to determine who changed some bit of information or when some bit of information changed.
Producing an Audit Trail report
To produce an Audit Trail report, simply choose Reports ⇒ Accountant and Taxes and then select the Audit Trail command from the submenu. Figure 1-9 shows a QuickBooks Audit Trail report in a window. Note that the report identifies both the type of change made and the person who made the change to the QuickBooks data file.
Figure 1-9: An Audit Trail report.
Enabling Simultaneous Multi-User Access
Sometimes, you need only a single computer and a single copy of QuickBooks, even though you have several employees using QuickBooks. For example, if a small business has only an administrative assistant and the owner accessing a QuickBooks data file, one copy of QuickBooks running on a single personal computer may be all that’s required. However, QuickBooks does allow for simultaneous use of the QuickBooks data file by multiple users. To do this, predictably, you first need to set up multiple users as described in the preceding paragraphs of this chapter.
After you’ve set up the multiple users, you can install the QuickBooks program on other personal computers and then — assuming that all these personal computers connect to a Windows network — use those other copies of QuickBooks to access the QuickBooks data file stored on the first or principal computer.
To use QuickBooks in an environment of simultaneous use by multiple users, you also need to tell QuickBooks that this simultaneous use is okay. To do this, choose the File ⇒ Switch to Multi-User Mode command. (If you want to turn off this Multi-User Mode later, you choose the File ⇒ Switch to Single User Mode command again.)
QuickBooks supports simultaneous use by multiple users through a technology called record locking, which locks all the records that you’re working with, but not the entire QuickBooks data file. For example, if you want to work with company A, and some other user wants to work with company B, that’s okay. QuickBooks allows it. What you and the other user can’t do, however, is work on the same company (company A or B) at the same time. This would mean that you’re working with the same customer record.
You can’t install the same copy of QuickBooks on multiple machines and legally have a multiple-user QuickBooks system. You must purchase a copy of QuickBooks for each machine on which QuickBooks is installed. Note, however, that Intuit does sell some multiple-user versions of QuickBooks in which you actually buy five licenses in one box of QuickBooks. (The Enterprise version of QuickBooks supports multiple-user networks with up to 30 simultaneous users, and the other versions of QuickBooks support multiple-user networks with up to 5 simultaneous users.)
You may want to have several QuickBooks users if sales representatives in your firm prepare invoices or prepare bids for customers. In this case, you may want to have each salesperson set up on QuickBooks. Note, however, that these salespeople should have only the ability to create an invoice or perhaps create and print an invoice estimate. For reasons discussed more fully in the next section of this chapter, you want to be very careful about allowing inexperienced accounting users full access to the accounting system.
Maintaining Good Accounting Controls
In the preceding paragraphs of this chapter, I talk about how QuickBooks allows multiple users. Many businesses, after they grow to a certain size, need to support multiple users with access to accounting information and the capability, in some cases, to create accounting transactions. Unfortunately, multiple accounting system users create risk for the business owner. By having access to the accounting system, users can either inadvertently introduce errors into the accounting system or, unfortunately, intentionally defraud a business. For these reasons, I want to briefly list some QuickBooks control techniques that a business owner or business manager can use to minimize unintentional errors and minimize the opportunity for theft. Here are my best ideas:
· Regularly compare physical inventory counts with inventory accounting records. Inventory shrinks, unfortunately. People — sometimes employees, but often pseudocustomers such as shoplifters — steal inventory. Therefore, one thing that you need to do, both to minimize your inventory losses and to maintain accurate accounting records, is regularly compare physical counts of your inventory with what your accounting records show. A small convenience store, for example, may want to compare tobacco inventory on a daily basis, beer and wine inventory on a weekly basis, and all other grocery inventory items on a monthly or annual basis. This approach to frequently counting the most valuable and easiest-to-steal items accomplishes two things:
· Inventory shrinkage is quickly identified.
· The business owner can minimize inventory shrinkage by identifying the type of inventory that is most often stolen or even when inventory is most often stolen.
· Reconcile bank accounts. One thing that business owners should do, in my opinion, is reconcile their own bank accounts. Often, employee theft by accounting personnel occurs as employees figure out how to write checks on the company’s bank account that the owner doesn’t see. One sure way to find a fictitious and fraudulent transaction is to have the owner reconcile the bank statement. If the owner reconciles the bank statement, she can compare the bank’s accounting for the account with the company’s QuickBooks accounting records. Any obvious discrepancies can be fixed, which means that the QuickBooks accounting records are more accurate. Additionally, any flaky, suspicious transactions tend to become obvious when the business owner looks closely at checks.
The first employee I ever hired was a check forger. He began forging checks on one of my business checking accounts two or three weeks after he started working for me. I caught him only because I was regularly reconciling the checking account. (He was convicted of a felony a few months later.)
· Segregate accounting from physical custody where possible. In a small business, it’s difficult to always separate the accounting for some activity from the physical custody or physical responsibility for that activity. For example, it’s tough to segregate the inventory accounting from physical custody or access to that inventory. A store clerk, for example, may easily be able to steal cigarettes and also adjust inventory records through cash register sales for cigarettes. Nevertheless, wherever you can segregate physical custody from accounting, built-in error checking occurs. The person doing the accounting indirectly checks on the physical custodians’s caretaking of the asset. If the physical custodian is stealing cartons of cigarettes, for example, that fact shows up when the accountant compares the accounting records with the physical accounts of inventory. Similarly, someone who doesn’t have access to the cash and the bank account can’t easily steal cash, even if he has complete access to cash accounting records. You can ask your CPA for help in devising ways to segregate physical custody of assets from accounting and bookkeeping duties. And you really, really should do this. Unfortunately, employee theft is very common.
· Train employees in the use of QuickBooks. You should train employees to use QuickBooks if you have a business of any size for two basic reasons:
· Someone who knows how to use QuickBooks is less likely to make inadvertent errors. QuickBooks isn’t difficult to use, but neither is QuickBooks something that you can learn willy-nilly with no help. Some transactions are pretty tricky, particularly for certain businesses. So if you can, it makes good sense to provide some employee help or training, or both. Those resources let people use QuickBooks’s features more comfortably and more accurately to build financial information that lets you manage your business better.
· Messy accounting records camouflage employee theft. Often, one thing you see when employee theft happens is really messed-up accounting records. For that reason, you can find yourself in a situation in which poorly trained employees create a messy accounting system that enables employee theft. So training means not only that you’ll have more accurate accounting records, but also that you’ll be less likely to have an environment conducive to theft or embezzlement.
· Close your QuickBooks file. If you take a Principles of Accounting course, you’ll discover that closing means a set of bookkeeping procedures that somebody performs to zero out revenue and expense accounts so that starting in the new year, revenues and expenses can be easily calculated. In QuickBooks, closing means something different. But you still want to close the QuickBooks file in order to maintain the integrity of your data. Here’s how: Choose the Edit ⇒ Preferences command, select Accounting, select the Company Preferences tab, and then click the Closing Date Set Date/Password button. When QuickBooks prompts you, specify a closing date and password. After you provide this information, QuickBooks prohibits or limits users from changing or entering transactions dated before the closing date. (Only people with the password can make changes to or enter transactions with dates earlier than the closing date.)
· Manage your QuickBooks accounting system. I’m sorry to report that many business owners don’t view the accounting system as being anything more than a tool to produce invoices, paychecks, and information required for the annual tax return. Unfortunately, that distant relationship with the accounting system means that business owners often don’t feel much need to actively manage what happens with the accounting system.
In my opinion — an opinion based on more than 30 years of experience working as a CPA — this attitude is wrong. An accounting system should be a tool that you use to better manage your business. And it can be that. But if it’s going to be a tool for better managing your business, you need to manage the system. In other words, I respectfully suggest that you take responsibility for ensuring that employees are trained to do the things that protect your accounting system (such as backing up the data file) and that you ensure that they complete appropriate accounting procedures on a monthly and annual basis (such as sending out all invoices, reconciling bank accounts, cleaning up messy transactions, and so forth).
I don’t think that this management responsibility needs to be a heavy one. You can rather easily make sure that people are doing the sorts of things they are supposed to be doing by creating some simple checklists. Table 1-1 shows a sample monthly accounting to-do list. Table 1-2shows a sample annual accounting to-do list. You can use these tables as starting points for constructing your own list of things that the accounting clerk or office manager must do every month or at the end of every year.
Table 1-1 A Sample Monthly Accounting To-Do List
Data backed up and moved offsite
Bank accounts reconciled
All invoices, credit memos, statements out
Any suspense accounts cleaned up
Financial statements delivered
Exceptions reported (for example, overdue invoices, bills, purchase orders, understocked inventory items)
Table 1-2 A Sample Annual Accounting To-Do List
Adjust trial balance
Burn CD with year-end numbers for permanent record
Consider cleaning up data files if they’re huge
Close year when really done