Free help: USER GUIDE
Home > Support > FAQ/Tech Index > Accounting Checklist

Accounting Checklist: Keeping the Books in Balance

Applies to:

[x] C&P Classic
[x] C&P Pro
[x] Job Tracker
[x] Enterprise
[x] My C&P!

Related links:


SUMMARY: Tips for maintaining accurate, balanced accounting books.

Use this Checklist as a general guide and expand it to fit the needs of your company. Descriptions and instructions for the reports listed are available in the manual.


  • Always run a proof list and check it before posting. Save the proof lists until a balanced trial balance and matching vendor and client agings are printed.


  • Print a trial balance for the period you have completed.

Print the out-of-balance checker report (Edit > G/L Tools > Auditor) if the trial balance is not in balance. Make any adjusting entries that are necessary. If the account has a balance, print the audit trail for the suspense account. Then make the journal entries necessary to clear the balance.


  • Print the trial balance for the period you have just completed.

If the trial balance is not in balance, check the Out of Balance Checker. Make any adjusting entries that are necessary. Print an audit trail for the suspense account if necessary, then make corrections.

  • Print the vendor and client agings. Compare the balances to the trial balance. Attend to any accounts which are not in balance.

  • Make journal entries for month-end bank charges, etc. Reconcile the bank statement. Print and save the reconciliation.

Save the balanced monthly reports, including agings, for each month in a 3-ring binder. Reports should be separated by month with a divider. They are an essential reference when balancing future months. Also, this gives you an essential paper trail for reference (it's your last-chance backup).

Did this user guide page help you?

Enter the text below then click Send Feedback.
Type the characters you see in the box below.

For subscribers: VIDEOS } FAQs/TECH NOTES } LEARN
     Sign up for Clients & Profits news:
     © Clients & Profits, Inc. w e  l o v e  a d v e r t i s i n g