Closing an Accounting Period

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For our Asia-Pacific customers, the term "Trust Account" is used, while European customers refer to it as "Client Account". It's important to mention that the Client/Trust Accounting functionality does not apply to customers in North America. For further information on regional terms, check out our Glossary of Regional Terminology.

This article provides a guide on how to close an accounting period within your Client/Trust Account. Closing an accounting period is a critical task that ensures your financial records are accurate, up-to-date, and ready for audit. We'll walk you through the process step by step, ensuring you can confidently secure your financial data at the end of each accounting period.

When to Perform a Close of Period

It's recommended to perform a close of period monthly, under the following conditions:

  • All bank statement transactions for the month have been imported and reconciled.
  • Any end-of-month disbursements have been processed, particularly if you've enabled Periodic Statements in your Client/Trust Account settings.


How to Initiate the Close of Period

To begin the Close of Period process:

  1. Navigate to the Client/Trust Accounts menu.
  2. Click the Close Period button located at the top of the page.

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Starting the Close of Period Wizard

Once you've launched the Close of Period function:

  1. Verify that the correct month is selected.
  2. Confirm the period covered is accurate.
  3. Click Start Close of Period Wizard.

Note that the Close of Period Scheduled for will display today's date and cannot be modified. If you've missed a previous close, you may need to reset the month.

Completing the Close of Period Checklist

Follow the steps in the wizard:

  1. Tick off each item on the Close of Period checklist.
  2. Select Save and continue.
  3. On the next screen, choose to either Complete Close of Period or Cancel Close of Period if necessary.

You will receive a notification that the reports are being prepared, which may take some time. Once ready, the reports will be emailed to you.

Accessing Close of Period Reports

After completion, you can access the most recent Close of Period:

  1. From the Client/Trust Account tab, click on the Latest close of period tile or the Close of Period History tab.
  2. Under Close of Period History, find the relevant reports for each period.
  3. Download the reports as a zip file for your records.

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By following these steps, you can ensure that your Client/Trust Account is accurately closed for the period, and all necessary reports are generated for audit purposes.

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