Prepayments

This account template is used to reconcile the underlying prepayments value per your trial balance to the relevant documentation (i.e. invoices). 


Firstly you will need to get the relevant prepayments information from the client's underlying bookkeeping system. Once you have this data you can either:

Option 1: Enter the data manually into the Reconciliation template

Option 2: Upload an extract from the underlying bookkeeping system into the account template

[Note: there is no preference to which option you choose to complete your prepayments]


Option 1: Enter the data manually into the Reconciliation template


The necessary prepayment amount is calculated based on the frequency of the prepayment, the “period from” and “period to” fields as well as the amount input.

1. Pull in the relevant nominal code accounts using the # functionality


2. Frequency 

  • “F” is for Fraction: the total invoice amount is multiplied by the fraction keyed in 
  • “D” is for Days: the total invoice amount is multiplied by the days that have elapsed as a fraction of the total number of days (based on the 'period from' and 'period to' dates)
  • “M” is for months: the total invoice amount is multiplied by the months that have elapsed as a fraction of the total number of months  (based on the 'period from' and 'period to' dates)
    • E.g. 01/11/2017 to 30/10/2018 covers November 2017 to October 2018 which is 12 months. 
    • However if you submit 10/11/2017 to 09/11/2018 covers November 2017 to November 2018 which is 13 months

Note: The 'days' option is advisable for the most accurate outcome


3.'Period from' date


4. 'Period to' date


5. Total invoice amount


Option 2: Upload an extract from the underlying bookkeeping system into the account template

If you already have your prepayments data in another system, there is no need to manually enter it in. You can simply download an Excel extract of your prepayments and upload this into Silverfin! 

Here's a few key points to remember when doing this:

  • Make sure all the columns in your import have column headers
  • Silverfin recognises commas as the end of a whole number so please ensure thousands are not separated with a comma 

e.g. Use £15000.00 and not £15,000.00

  • You will still need to drag in the relevant account using the # functionality, so there is no need to map this when uploading your Excel document
  • You will need to select the 'frequency' once the data has been imported.

Here is a template to get you started: Prepayment-upload-template.xlsx


1. To import a document, click 'Actions' -> 'Import reconciliation data'


2. Select the 'Upload Excel file' option and then map your account headers on your import to the account headers available in


The fields for “Invoice number”, “invoice date” and “Description” are optional fields

If the prepayments identified here are correct, the amount recalculated will reconcile to the underlying book value coming through from your bookkeeping system used and the account will be reconciled. The 'green dot' will be shining brightly on you screen!

If any additional explanation is required regarding further differences, this can be accommodated through the "Explanation of differences" field. This value will form part of the value being reconciled (i.e. it will be added to the sum of the 'Prepaid amount' column.  


Copy Data

Want to know the best part yet? In the next period, you will only need to enter any new prepayments. The existing prepayments can easily be 'copied over to the current period' by hitting this button!


'Show journal summary'

You may already have the option to see the journal summary on your reconciliation. Simply tick the box next to 'show journal summary' and the proposed journal to be posted will pop up! 

If this isn't showing on your reconciliation let us know and we will happily get that sorted out for you! It is simply a configuration field that we can add to the template!


Hopefully this account template serves as an 'asset' in completing your work (haha)!

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