Five Steps for the Accounting Month-End Close
The month-end close is an accounting procedure that occurs near the end of the month to close out a posting period. It is essential that this report is completed in a timely manner, in order to allow management to review and make better business decisions. The details of the accounting month-end close can be managed more effectively when processes and procedures are set-up within the accounting department and followed by the organization.
The common accounting month-end close tasks include:
- Record all financial transactions
- Reconcile balance sheet accounts
- Review of income & expense accounts
- Prepare financial statements
- Financial review with CFO and management
A best practice tip for the accounting month-end close is to develop a checklist. By following an accounting month-end checklist, it is easier to analyze a company’s profitability and progress on a regular basis. The checklist enables for a logical process to follow and relieves some of the complexities of properly accounting for the business.
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Outsourced Accounting Deliverables Include:
- Month-End Close
- Monthly Financial Statements
- Key Performance Indicator Tracking
- Industry-Specific Reporting & Analysis
- Cash Flow Forecasts
- Budgeting and Forecasting
- Financial Planning and Analysis
- Cash Management
- Accounts Payable
- Invoicing and Accounts Receivable
Take a look at our 7-Step Process to view accounting month-end close procedures.