Year-End solutions

ted creedon tcreedon at
Sat Apr 2 15:08:14 EST 2005

How about check boxes in the transaction find popup menu?

Copy/Cut selected, Copy/Cut not-selected
And paste into a new instance of Gnucash.


-----Original Message-----
From: gnucash-user-bounces at
[mailto:gnucash-user-bounces at] On Behalf Of David Brock
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 12:58 PM
To: Beth Leonard
Cc: gnucash-user at
Subject: Re: Year-End solutions

IANAA, however:

I have thought a little about this "closing entries on a particular date"
and in fact, I worked with an accounting system a long time ago, when I knew
less about accounting that I barely do now.

The closing entries in that system- the zeroing transactions that moved all
revenue and expense balances into retained earnings, were done in a special
period called "99".  Basically, some arbitrary day in the 99th month of the
year.  (as opposed to 12/31/YYYY, as Beth suggested) Obviously, it was used
only for this purpose, as a date with that month would be non-sensical.  I
suspect that the field was not a standard date field, or the
date-authentication method n the program must have been over-ridden to
include this as legitamite.

Presumably, there was a special case that could include or exclude that
period, on any and/or all years, from reporting.  If the period was excluded
in the report, then the multi-year reports will have meaning, but otherwise,
the running balance on the Income Statement Accounts (rev & exp accounts),
are cumulative for the year only, which is consistent with the need to close
out the year in the first place.



Beth Leonard wrote:

>3) The method I decided to go with myself for this year is to create a 
>new account branch -- Expenses -> 2004 Year End I took the totals for 
>each category and manually added a transaction on 12/31/04 that moved 
>the total for 2004 to that account.  The account report for that 2004 
>Year End register makes a nice summary of the information I'm 
>interested in.  If you want pie graphs of your expenses, you just have 
>to type in the date range from
>1/1/04 to 12/30/04, and hopefully there are no major expenses on 
>12/31/04. [If someone knows of a better way to do this that wouldn't 
>mess up my 2005 totals, I'd love the feedback.]

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