Planning your Chart of Accounts

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Plan your Chart of Accounts according to the following guidelines:

Increment each account number by either 5 or 10 to cater for future additions.

If possible, list your accounts in alphabetical order.

Group similar accounts in similar predefined ranges e.g. 600 - 699 for Fixed assets.

List your accounts in the order in which you would like them reported.

TurboCASH allows for 999 main accounts (in a 3-digit Set of Books). Each account may also have up to 999 sub-accounts. This should be enough for most businesses.

Some Sets of Books may contain 4-digit main, and 5-digit main accounts. The option to Create a Set of Books (Advanced) on the Creation wizard (Start → Create Set of Books), allows you to create your own Set of Books from scratch. This will then ask you to specify the number of digits for accounts (from 3 to 8-digits). You need to enter the following 3 control accounts;

Retained income / earnings.

Creditor's control account.

Debtor's control account.

The following ranges (based on the 3-digit main account codes) are an example that you should try to follow. It is NOT the Chart of Accounts you will be using - it is merely a guide as to the ranges.




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Fixed assets


  Fixed assets

Current assets


  Current assets

Current liabilities


  Current liabilities

Tax Codes for Tax main account


  Current liabilities

Bank account + Positive balance


  Current assets

Bank account – Negative balance (O/D)


 Current liabilities

In the Action →Accounts you may create, edit, delete accounts (general ledger, bank and tax) as well as enter and edit budget figures for accounts.

When creating or editing accounts you need to link the accounts to Account groups 1 and / or Account group 2. These Account groups must be linked to Financial categories.

The Action →Accounts allows you to create Reporting groups and link these Account groups to Financial categories for the Balance sheet (i.e. Assets, Capital, Liabilities) and Financial categories for the Income statement (i.e. Income and Expenses).

In addition to this, you may create Account group 1 and / or Account group 2 in Setup → Groups and link them to the Financial categories. These Account groups may also be linked to Financial categories in Setup → Setup → Financial categories.

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