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For each client account, use Add workpaper to attach workpapers which will substantiate or calculate the balance in the account. Workpapers can also be attached to the period and not linked to a specific account. Workpapers can be attached to either detail and header accounts.

New workpapers must have a unique name.

Attached workpapers are stored in Workpapers. If a workpaper is deleted it is permanently deleted and cannot be restored.

If the period has been rolled over from a previous period, new workpapers are automatically attached to the accounts in the new period using the previous period as a guide. Those workpapers which were completed and attached to accounts in the previous period, will be recreated and attached to the same accounts in the new period. Only those workpapers with the rollover option selected will be generated and attached.

You can add a workpaper to the next successive year period if you are configured with either:
AccountRight 2013.0 or later, or
Essentials Accounting or Cashbook
as the financial data source.

How to add a workpaper to an account
  1. Open the workpapers period. See Opening an existing period. The Prepare Trial Balance (Workpapers) table is displayed.
  2. Select the account in the table.
    or
    Click the checkbox in the first column of the selected account.
  3. Click Add workpaper on the Tasks bar.

    Another way of attaching workpapers to an account, is to Select the account in the table, right-click and select Add workpaper.

    The Add Workpaper window opens. The Account field automatically displays the selected account. A different account can be selected using the drop-down.

  4. In the Select workpaper template section, select the:
    • Category use the drop-down to filter the list of templates which are displayed in the Template drop-down. Only templates of the selected category will be displayed on the Template drop-down. Select All to see all templates regardless of category.

    • Template use the drop-down to select the workpaper template to be attached to the selected account. If you know the name of the template, you can type in this field to search for it.

  5. Enter a new Workpaper name. Rename the selected template to a something more appropriate for the client account.

    Workpapers must have unique names.
    An error message is displayed if the Workpaper name is already in use. Click OK to create a workpaper with a suffix added to the workpaper name. Click Cancel to return to the Add Workpaper window.

  6. Set the Rollover options, if available:
    • Rollover this workpaper to the next period — click this checkbox to roll over the workpaper to the next period. During rollover, the previous workpapers period is used as a base. If this option is selected, the current workpaper will be recreated and attached to the same account in the next period.

    • Retain links to all external documents — click this checkbox to include links to all documents which are linked within the workpaper when it is rolled over into the next period.


    In the workpaper, it is possible to add links to Document Manager files, if Document Manager is installed, or external files, if Document Manager is not installed. These linked documents can then be opened and viewed from within the workpaper. See Completing workpapers. If Retain links to all external documents is selected, a list of all external documents is copied to the new workpaper when it is rolled over into the next period.
  7. Click Add.

The workpaper is attached to the selected account and displayed as a sub-row below the account in the Prepare Trial Balance (Workpapers) table. A icon identifies a workpaper. The workpaper is also opened.

For instructions on opening and viewing workpapers, see Opening workpapers for more information.
From within the workpaper the workpaper properties, such as the name and the rollover options which have been configured, can be viewed. See Viewing and editing the workpaper properties.

How to add a workpaper to the period
  1. Open the workpapers period. See Opening an existing period. The Prepare Trial Balance (Workpapers) table is displayed.
  2. Select Non-account specific documents in the table.
    or
    Click the Non-account specific documents checkbox in the table. This is the first item listed in the table.
  3. Click Add workpaper on the Tasks bar. Add Workpaper window opens.

    Another way of attaching workpapers to a period, is to select Non-account specific documents in the table, right-click and select Add workpaper.

  4. Leave the Account field blank. The workpaper is being attached to the period and not to a specific account.

  5. In the Select workpaper template section select:

    • Category use the drop-down to filter the list of templates which are displayed on the Template drop-down. Only templates of the selected category are displayed on the Template drop-down. Select All to see all templates regardless of category.

    • Template use the drop-down to select the workpaper template to be attached to the selected account.

  6. Enter a new Workpaper name. Rename the selected template to a something more appropriate for the client account.

    Workpapers must have unique names.
    An error message is displayed if the Workpaper name is already in use. Click OK to create a workpaper with a suffix added to the workpaper name. Click Cancel to return to the Add Workpaper window.

  7. Set the Rollover options:
    • Rollover this workpaper to the next period — click this checkbox to roll over the workpaper to the next period. During rollover, the previous workpapers period is used as a base. If this option is selected, the current workpaper will be recreated and attached to the same account in the next period.

    • Retain links to all external documents click this checkbox to include links to all documents which are linked within the workpaper when it is rolled over into the next period.

      In the workpaper, it is possible to add links to Document Manager files, if Document Manager is installed, or external files, if Document Manager is not installed. These linked documents can then be opened and viewed from within the workpaper.

      If Retain links to all external documents is selected, a list of all external documents is copied to the new workpaper when it is rolled over into the next period.

  8. Click Add.The workpaper is attached to the period and opens. The workpaper is displayed as a sub-row below Non-account specific documents in the table. A icon identifies a workpaper.
    For instructions on opening and viewing workpapers, see Opening workpapers for more information.