Things Accountants Must Do Before the Year Ends

Posted on: November 17, 2022 by Huntersure

There are multiple things accountants must do before the year ends to balance the books properly. Avoid accountants professional liability issues with careful year-end preparation. The sooner you prepare for year-end, the easier the process will be.

What Accountants Must Do Before the Year Ends to Thrive

Creating a checklist may even help you keep everything in order.

Assess Your Accountants Professional Liability Coverage

It is currently the best time to evaluate your professional liability insurance. Not only should you ensure that you have enough coverage, but you should also ensure that you get the best rates.

Finalize the Financial Statements

Financial statements are critical for year-end assessments.

  • Income statements summarize revenue, expenses, and the company’s net profit or loss.
  • Cash flow statements detail the incoming and outgoing cash for the reporting period.
  • Balance sheets identify the assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity.

Financial statements provide necessary information to evaluate the year’s performance and forecast the following year’s expectations. Minimize your risk of accountants professional liability claims by ensuring comprehensive, accurate statements.

Summarize Aging Invoices

Accounts receivable should be as close to empty as possible at year-end. Aging accounts indicate delays with cash receipts, which can be a concern. Identify any accounts that need more aggressive collections action based on aging status.

Account for Inventory

At year-end, all inventory records should be reviewed and validated. Audit the inventory records and the values on the books to ensure accuracy in both book values and depreciation.

Reconcile Statements and Accounts

Gather the bank statements and take time to reconcile those with the ledger records. It ensures accuracy in the cash accounts. Reconciliation helps you reduce the risk of accountants’ professional liability exposure due to misstatements of assets.

Organize Annual Paperwork

Paperwork is necessary for internal and external audit preparation, tax support, and financial statement documentation. Organize the year’s receipts, statements, invoices, and records and store them with the final statements and ledger reports. The IRS recommends retaining statements, tax filings, receipts, and other documents for anywhere from three to seven years after filing.

Revise Your Accountants Professional Liability Coverage

The last month is an excellent time to take notice of your current coverage compared to your existing business. Look at the liability risks your company faces and ensure the policy you have will protect you. As your practice grows, your liability exposures will change. Update your policy accordingly to ensure adequate protection at all times.

Preparation is the key to comprehensive, accurate year-end records. Your firm will be ready for year-end with the right accountants’ professional liability coverage to protect your interests and the information here.

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