Companies often forget that confirming balances is more than just checking amounts. In particular, problems may arise in the case of disputed or doubtful claims.
What is included in the balance confirmation
The Accounting Act requires, in principle, confirmation of the balance of receivables. On the other hand, the Accounting Act does not require sending confirmation of the balance of liabilities.
As at the balance sheet date, all assets and liabilities should be inventoried. Entities perform the annual inventory in three ways, depending on the asset or liability they are dealing with. And so, the annual inventory is carried out by way of:
• physical inventory,
• balance confirmation,
• comparison of accounting data with relevant documents.
The method of balance confirmation involves obtaining statements from contractors and banks on the items appearing in the accounting books. This method is used to determine the balances of financial assets held in bank accounts or held by other entities, receivables, including loans, and own assets entrusted to contractors.
However, as practice shows, entities send requests to their contractors for confirmation of the balance of liabilities, assuming that this is a solution that allows to reliably verify the balances.
The lack of balance confirmation
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