Reconciliation is the process of ensuring that Beacon's Ledger and your bank statements are synchronised, enabling any discrepancies to be identified. See 7.10 Financial Approaches for a recommended alternative way of working to reconciling bank accounts.
Select Reconcile account from the Home Page or the Ledger. Select the Account to be reconciled, enter the bank Statement End Balance and select the Statement End Date. Press the Show button.
A list of all uncleared (unreconciled) transactions for the account will be shown together with the Balance Difference between Beacon and the bank statement at the top of the list.
The aim of reconciliation is to reduce the balance difference to zero and to ensure that any difference is understood (e.g. caused by timing differences).
Go through the bank statement in order and identify matching entries in the reconciliation list. Tick the Cleared checkbox for each entry that agrees until the Balance Difference is reduced to zero.
When complete, press Reconcile Account at the bottom of the list.
After Transactions have been reconciled, the Cleared date is displayed in the Ledger and on the Transaction Record.
After Clearing a Transaction it is no longer possible to Edit or Delete the Transaction, except that the figures in the Category fields may be edited.