Entering Opening Balances

The opening balance for each general ledger account is the amount in the account when you first start using it in NetSuite. The date of the opening balance is included on each account record. After an opening balance has been entered for an account, that account can be used in NetSuite transactions.

You enter opening balances for the first time on the Opening Balances page. See Entering Opening Balances for the First Time.

If necessary, you can go back and change opening balances later. You make changes through a transaction search. See Changing Opening Balances.

Entering Opening Balances for the First Time

The Opening Balances page enables you to enter balances for multiple accounts at one time.

To enter opening balances for the first time:

  1. Go to Setup > Accounting > Setup Tasks > Enter Opening Balances ( Administrator ).

    You can enter an opening balance for any account for the first time on this page.

    You cannot enter an opening balance for a new summary account.

    Accounts that already have opening balances are not available on this page. See Changing Opening Balances.

  2. Select the correct posting period.

  3. If you are using NetSuite OneWorld, select a subsidiary.

  4. If necessary, modify the date.

  5. For each account, enter a debit or credit according to the starting balance, then save.

    You can enter either a debit or a credit. If you enter a debit, the credit field disables. If you enter a credit, the debit field disables.

When you save the Opening Balances page, NetSuite generates journal entries to create opening balances.

NetSuite tracks the difference between the opening balances' debits and credits in the Out of Balance By field.

Changing Opening Balances

When you save an account's opening balance, NetSuite generates a journal transaction. To change the balance, you must run a transaction search to find the journal transaction and then directly edit that transaction record.

To find a transaction and change its opening balance:

  1. Go to Transactions > Management > Search Transactions.

  2. When the Transaction Search page appears, select the following filters, and click Submit:

    • Account – select the account with the opening balance you need to change

    • Transaction Type – select Journal

  3. From the list of search results, locate the journal entry for that opening balance and click Edit next to that entry.

    Opening balance journals usually have text flagging them in the Memo field.

  4. On the lower half of the Journal page, you can make changes to transaction lines as necessary. Click Done after each line change.

  5. When you have completed your edits, click Save.

After you have created accounts and entered opening balances, you can review the chart of accounts. See Setting Up Historical Balances in OneWorld.

Related Topics:

Feature-Specific, System-Generated Accounts
Chart of Account Numbering
Account Types
Viewing the Chart of Accounts
Making Changes to Accounts
Chart of Accounts Management

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