Bank Reconciliation in Odoo
Updated: Nov 7, 2020
In each Accounting software, there could potentially be many variations of doing bank statement reconciliation.
Bank statement reconciliation is a process to match the general ledger entries (credit or debit) to the corresponding amount in your bank statement, determining the differences between the two, resolve any discrepancies and identify fraudulent transactions. It is usually done weekly or monthly, by the Accounting team.
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Why is the bank statement reconciliation important?
Detecting errors such as double payments, missed payments, calculation errors etc.
Tracking and adding bank fees and penalties in the books.
Spot fraudulent transactions and theft.
Tracking any cheque (deposited or issued) that are not cleared by the bank.
In Odoo Accounting, there are two stages for reconciliation.
a) Upon received your supplier invoice, paid it and you will record the payment against the corresponding vendor bill, and Odoo will mark the vendor bill as 'Paid'.
b) Upon received payment for your customer invoice, record the payment against the corresponding invoice, and Odoo will mark the invoice as 'Paid'.
This type of reconciliation is often more straight forward and similar in most of the Accounting software. When it comes to reconcile a single payment against multiple invoices or some invoices partially, in my opinion, standard Odoo way is seen as not intuitive enough.
2) Reconcile Payments against the bank statements. There is a contentious if the Odoo bank statement reconciliation is the most effective one. In Odoo EE, integration to the bank to pull the bank statement automatically has definitely make it a time-saver, especially for large corporation with thousands of transactions. If that is not possible due to various reasons, manual creation/upload of the bank statement for reconciliation often seen as too time-consuming, and especially hard for SME users that were get used to other Accounting software way of simplified reconciliation.
Each country has its own way of doing banking reconciliation, and there is no absolute right or wrong. There are many apps in the Odoo app store that provide alternatives to the standard Odoo bank reconciliation, which typically create a bank statement from the existing Odoo payment entries, rather than creating a fresh new bank statement (manual or automatic) in the standard Odoo. Having said that, these apps are still lack of the following features.
Bank Reconciliation - Nice to Have Features:
Starting balance and ending balance of the month in the statement to help to detect any duplicate transactions, fraud and discrepancies. Ending balance of the last month will be the starting balance of the next month statement.
A person to prepare bank statement reconciliation and an approver to verify it.
Bank statement report to show the unpresented cheques and deposits not credited by bank.
There is a OCA Bank Account Reconciliation that comes close to the requirements, but required some minor fixes for bugs and enhancements for the report.
See the following screenshots for what may be enhanced to be on par with other Accounting software in the market.
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