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Why Do You Need To Do A Bank Reconciliation Every Month

You might not be able to truly reflect the liquefied assets available from your current bank account balance, especially if your deposits do not yet settle. If you do not take precautions, overdraft charges could refer to your company checking account.

You should make monthly bank reconciliations so that the fund balance and actual cash status are more understandable.

A bank reconciliation process refers to the relevant facts on the bank statement on the financial documents of the organization. The purpose of the reconciliation of banks is to determine if the two cash reserves vary. If there are inconsistencies, you must re-check the documents of the organization accordingly.

We will explain you why and how bank reconciliation can be carried out.

  1. Compare Your Two Statements.

The banking statement details are a list of all the expenses in last month that have had an effect on the company’s bank account. Compare your bank statement with your account’s final balance to see if the cash balances fit.

Go separately to ensure the sums are in accordance with each purchase. Note and examine any discrepancies. You want to know that your bank accounts reflect a final balance that is aligned with your internal documents or that you have clear reasons for the discrepancy.

In certain instances, there are several differences of the cash flow that can be readily reconciled between the bank balance and your account. The explanations for this could involve activities in banking only that may affect the final balance, such as interest income or non-processed checks. The former only appears on the bank statement and the latter only appears on your domestic accounts.

  1. Add Bank only Transactions To Your Book Balance.

There are financial transfers that most certainly don’t qualify for the accounting reports of the business. These transactions include interest profits, deposits and bank charges.

Start by incorporating optimistic transactions as you execute bank reconciliation. An example of a positive transaction will be your bank’s interest income for the whole duration (usually one period equals one month). Next, delete from the book cash balance unfavorable expenses such as bank operation charges.

There will be a few financial transfers to be mindful of and sometimes at the bottom of your bank account they will be clustered together.

You should look at transactions which have not impacted your bank account, including transit deposits or checks that have been released since you have inserted or deleted bank transactions only.

  1. Add Book Transactions To Your Bank Balance.

As a small business owner, you will often issue check payments to vendors and creditors. If you have received a refund, even if they were not cashed yet, your bank balance would not represent the remaining checks. On the other hand, if you’re still processing the bank, your bank balance might not indicate deposits.

You want to incorporate such inflows if you have bank deposits in transit. You want to exclude all outflows from the balance sheet if you have outstanding checks. Outstanding checks refer to checks that haven’t cashed.

Transactions for which the financial accounts are unaccounted for would not be as clear as bank transactions alone. Your accounting program will help you make the required checks and deposits and keep track of them. Most reconciliation modules allow the checks and deposits listed on the bank statement to be checked off.

Now you should get your bank and financial reports adjusted for reference.

  1. Compare Both Adjusted Balance.

Compare your modified bank balance to your adjusted book balance. Since you’ve already changed the balances to accommodate for typical differences, the figures should precisely equal one another. If you find that the modified balances are not aligned, it’s probably a mistake, or worse, fraud has happened under your nose.

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