The accounts manual is one of the most important pillars of the accounting system. It is used to settle all accounts of the activity performed by your company. It is a coherent and complete proof or statement of each account within the company, and it give each account a special code or number. Each main account is divided into sub-accounts. Meanwhile, each sub-account is also divided into other accounts and so on, making it like a chart. That is why it was called the “Chart of Accounts”.
The accounts manual is also one of the most important indicators of judging the success of financial management and its business performance. Therefore, from the first moment of your company’s birth, you will need to start designing the Chart of Accounts, whatever the size or complexity of your business, whether you follow the old traditional method in your accounting system or work on the Accounts program.
The Importance of The Accounting Manual
The accounting manual grants easy identification of the company's main accounts, its sub-accounts, data, numbers, and everything that is related to it
Giving a code to each account will prevent account duplication thus it gives more accurate data
The Chart of Accounts is a visual illustration of accounts so access to the account is easier, faster, and less expensive
Easy and simple registration of entries
Automatic posting between accounts and records
Preparing more accurate financial statements
It is a more reliable tool for business owners, decision makers, and investors
It is also a tool to measure the company's performance during the fiscal year
Helps decision makers to set goals and plans in accordance with the accounts manual
The accounts manual is an illustration of the financial expenses that were paid during the fiscal year
Helps to determine the size of investments that the company will need during the coming financial period
Division of Accounts Manual
The levels of the accounting manual vary from one company to another depending on the volume of business and activity. However, the cornerstone of any accounting manual remains the same five main items, Assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenses
The chart of the accounts is divided into two main types
How to Set up an Account Manual
We said that the accounts directory is similar to a chart, so the main accounts carry the main code and sub-accounts carry the main code in addition to their own code and so on. Each code must be adhered to and ensure that there is no error in the code number, otherwise it will lead to huge errors in all lists.
As an example, we mentioned that assets carry code (1) inside the chart of Accounts manual are divided into fixed and current assets. Each of them is given a unique subcode number. This can be understood by the following:
Fixed assets, carrying code (11), are divided into several items such as
Land code (111): which in turn can be divided into several types. For example, it can be divided into:
Shubra land (1111)
Pyramid Land (1112)
and so on
Buildings and their code (112): As an example, they can be divided into
Main building (1121)
and so on
Cars (113): It can be divided into
Jumbo cars (1131)
Transport vehicles (1132)
and so on
First term goods also appear in the accounts manual on the asset side and are divided in the same manner across all branches of fixed assets and current assets, as well as the rest of the accounts
Accounts of liabilities (2) are divided into short term liabilities (21) and long-term liabilities (22)
Equity accounts (3) are divided into capital (3), retained profits (32) and reserves (33)
Expenses (4) are divided into salaries (41), rents (42) and miscellaneous expenses (43)
Revenue accounts (5) are divided into activity revenues (51) and other revenues (52)
Each account is divided into different items and accounts that are given a subcode as happened in assets, and so on until the final form of the entire account chart is reached.
How to build a tree of accounts
Consolidated Accounts Manual
The accounts manual is based on five main items and is coded according to the details of the activity and business. For example, the accounts manual for a commercial company differs from the accounts manual for a contracting company, but in the end the previous form remains the unified accounting manual for all types of companies.
Below we will try to explain the minor differences in the accounts manual from one company to another:
Accounts manual for a contracting company
The accounting manual for a contracting company is one of the most difficult things that an accountant faces during the implementation of the Chart of the Account, although it is like dividing the accounts in any company, in terms of dividing the five main accounts, the sub-clauses included in each account are different except equity, which do not differ for any one company from the other.
For example, the fixed assets account includes a timber and intensity account. Current assets also include advance payments and letters of guarantee. First-term goods are added to the accounts manual for a contracting company. A business insurance account is also opened, which concerns funds that have been allocated by customers to ensure the quality of work and delivery on time.
liabilities can include accounts such as false contractors and supplier business insurance. Expense accounts in the accounts manual of a contracting company can include false contractors and other accounts such as business risks, permits, engineering fees, etc.
Expenses include all materials used in the works, including paints, and building materials such as cement, sand, and bricks, and each has a different account.
A Continuous Inventory Chart of Accounts
A continuous inventory chart of accounts differs from the accounts manual in other cases, as there is no purchase account in the case of continuous inventory. In this case, the value of purchases is added to the inventory value. In most cases, a continuous inventory account tree is used for companies or shops that have many items such as an account manual for a commercial company or retail store.
Among the most important calculations related to the continuous inventory process when designing the chart of the accounts are:
Proof of the calculation of the goods of the first period in the accounts manual.
Calculate the cost of goods sold.
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