transcation dates and clearing dates
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Wed Nov 4 05:19:44 EST 2009
rsbrux at yahoo.com wrote:
> The recent discussion was about rigging the numbers to order within a day.
> My own scheme is to use 4-digit numbers for deposits and ATM
> and 5-digit numbers for checks. Gnucash sorts first on day, then num.
> Thus, my deposits always appear first in the day.
> For matching bank post date and Gnucash, I initially specify a date sometime
> in the future, such as end of month or even end of year. I add the
> transaction date to the end of the payee description. Thus: Smith's
> Grocery (10/15/09). When the check clears the bank, I change the date
> to the actual posting date and remove the date from the description.
> Thus, the data at current date and prior matches the bank.
> I think that transaction date should have been designed into Gnucash at
> the start. Seems like commercial use of Gnucash would require that.
> Otherwise, there is no database date to prove that the transaction
> occurred on time, but was posted late. Which really happened for my
> Storage shed monthly payment, which was entered a month
> late. Fortunately, I had the dated receipt.
> My own copy of Gnucash has a transaction date field, which borrows the
> entry date (which is normally not visible or editable, but which I
> consider to be useless for personal finances).
> > I could submit a bug and patch with my changes, but the probability
> would be accepted is zero.
Jim, If I understand correctly you're running in to the same problem I
am - the date you enter a transaction is days prior to the transaction
clearing at the bank, and you want to keep track of both dates. You
have a patch to do this? Why wouldn't that be accepted? It sounds like
an immensely useful feature.
My work-around is much like yours - I include the actual transaction
date in the description and update the date field with the day it
cleared at the bank.
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