Reconciliation question

Phil Frost indigo at
Fri Jan 21 11:05:29 EST 2011

On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 09:23:03AM -0600, Scott Nelson wrote:
> On Jan 21, 2011, at 9:14 AM, Phil Frost wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 11:03:15AM -0400, MacDougall, Alexander wrote:
> >> I am really just tracking the transactions of a chequing account and
> >> started with Aug 1.  I now have several bank statements that I'd like to
> >> reconcile.  However, when I start the process the reconciliation
> >> "wizard" indicates Opening Balance: $0.00 and thus my closing balance is
> >> wrong.
> >> 
> >> When I set up the system, I entered the July 31/Aug 1 bank balance as
> >> the Account opening blanace.
> > 
> > The opening balance indicated in the reconcile window indicates the sum
> > of transactions marked as "reconciled" at the time the reconcile tool
> > was started. If you haven't reconciled anything yet, this sum will be 0.
> > You can also see the present sum of reconciled transactions at the
> > bottom of the window when viewing any account.
> Does that mean that he should manually mark his opening balance
> transaction as "reconciled"?  Would that fix the opening balance?

To my knowledge, there isn't a way to mark a transaction as reconciled
except through the reconcile tool. I would simply reconcile the first
statement, checking the opening balance transaction plus all the
transactions that are on the statement. The ending balance should match
the statement, even if the beginning balance does not.

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