Keeping Your Business on the Right Path: Accounting Mistakes to Avoid

Nov 19, 2021 | Lifestyle | 0 comments

Most accounting mistakes are easy to correct, insignificant, and minor, and anyone in your business will quickly notice them. But other errors can have a huge impact on the business’s financial resources. Over time, poor accounting methods will put small-scale companies in danger. Incorrect approaches and repeated mistakes will only cause your business to fail. Below are six of the most common accounting mistakes.

Knowing which mistakes to avoid and the right solutions are some of the simplest ways to ensure that your accounting is as accurate as possible.

1.  Inncorrect Recordkeeping

Innovations made recordkeeping easy; however, that doesn’t make it perfect. You still have to organize the records as carefully as possible. You might have to provide a few receipts or other files to support your company’s expenses, but recordkeeping isn’t just for tax purposes. In selling your business, the potential buyer will conduct a company valuation or an external audit of your finances.

If that’s the case, they’ll have to verify receipts and other records to check the accuracy of your financial statements. Efficient recordkeeping will also minimize the chances of employee fraud. If you ask your employees to submit receipts for purchases, they’re less likely to use your company’s funds for personal expenses.

2.  Not following the cycles

Changing your closed period will affect your financial statements, forcing you to base your decisions on incorrect information. If you changed the data within a closed period, you might also have to file an amended tax return. You shouldn’t make these mistakes because they’ll be expensive to correct.

Your closed accounting period refers to the period you submitted reports, compared the liability and bank accounts, and provided all the needed data. Making changes to your closed accounting period will force you to repeat the process. Unfortunately, your company can still post transactions during the closed period.

You can’t avoid adding incorrect transaction data, but you can avoid this error by using software programs that allow you to organize the balance sheets.

3.  Not tracking an account

You shouldn’t only be comparing your credit card and bank accounts. You’ll also have to compare your loan accounts after receiving your bills. Doing that is one of the quickest means to ensure the accuracy of the sheet’s liabilities section. It’ll also help you ensure that you correctly input the interest portion of the payments.

 Others will put the entire payment under the principal balance section of the books. That can mean your interest expenses and liabilities will be incorrect. While comparing your accounts, make a calendar to ensure you compare the reports accurately.

4.  Undeposited funds

You can avoid this mistake with proper practices. If you noticed undeposited funds in a sheet, it only means that the software already posted the payment but hasn’t posted the deposit. Undeposited books are another cause of overstated revenues. It can cause your company to make incorrect assumptions about your growth and overpay the taxes. To lessen this, be as accurate as possible in entering deposits.

Make sure to check the underdeposited sections to determine if your employees are following the balance sheet. It should be an empty section, but you’ll have to investigate if it’s not empty. If there are old transactions in your account, you might have already committed a huge accounting mistake.

5.  Using many automations

Using automated solutions made accounting and bookkeeping much easier; however, it’s not perfect. Incorrectly posted transactions or incorrect dates on the transactions are the common problems you might face. Innovative accounting software with augmented or artificial intelligence is constantly “learning.”

It’ll keep providing assumptions and suggestions based on similar transactions and use aggregated data from other companies. These mistakes indicate that using automated solutions isn’t a foolproof solution.

6.  Not using a tool properly

Modern accounting software is powerful. It’ll provide your company with accurate data and detailed reports to base your business decisions; however, most aren’t using the available platforms correctly. Old-fashioned bookkeepers and accountants will prefer using journal entries to provide accurate financial statements.

Bookkeeping will only use journal entries or correct mistakes through these. But it can significantly affect the subsidiary reports your business might need. Make sure your accounting team is familiar with the software’s basics. Modern software programs are form-based, making journal entries an unnecessary solution.

Most small-scale entrepreneurs try to balance their sheets themselves to save a huge chunk of money. But tracking vendor payments, taxes, expenses, and income can be a time-consuming and complicated process. You must avoid making mistakes thatwill cost your business more money.

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