A Trial balance is a simple list of the debit and credit account balances in the general ledger. A Trial balance can be generated at any time, once the transactions are posted to the ledger accounts. It checks the arithmetic accuracy of the double entry accounting system as at a specific date. The total of all the debit balances must be equal to the total of credit balances. 

The Trial balance will list all the debit and credit balances of all the Accounts (Income, Expenses, Assets, Capital and Liabilities) contained in TurboCASH4 for a selected period, or as at a specified period. TurboCASH4 stores all your account balances for up to two financial years. You may at any time generate a Trial balance for any accounting period for the current (This Year) and the previous financial year (Last Year), provided that you have posted (updated) transactions to the ledger accounts. 

Types of Trial balances 

The following Trial balances may be generated at different stages in the accounting process: 

1.Pre-adjustment Trial balance  - The debit and credit balances are listed, before any adjustments are made in the accounts, and it normally includes all balances of capital, assets, liabilities, income and expense accounts for any selected accounting period. For example, you may generate this Trial balance, after all your normal transactions in batches and documents have been updated and posted to the ledger. This may include any correction of errors on a general journal to correct any incorrect posted transactions. 

2.Post-adjustment Trial balance  - The debit and credit balances are listed, after the final adjustments are made in the accounts, and it normally includes all balances of capital, assets, liabilities, income and expense accounts. 

3.Final Trial balance - The debit and credit balances are listed, after the final closing entries are done, when you have completed the Year-end process on the Tools → Global processes → Do year end menu (Setup ribbon). This Trial balance will not include income and expense accounts, but only the calculated net profit or loss in the Retained earnings ledger account. All nominal accounts (income and expense accounts) are closed off at the end of a financial year, and no balances are brought down to the new financial year. 

The Trial balance will reflect all your accounts, which were created as Balance sheet and Income statement account type for the Ledger, Bank and Tax account types.

This will list all accounts in the chart of accounts reported both in the Income statement, as well as the Balance sheet. 

This will list the following account types: 

Income statement. 

Balance sheet - Assets, Liabilities and Capital. It includes the following account types, i.e.: 

o Bank accounts 

o Tax accounts 

o Retained income / earnings. 

o Creditor's control account. 

o Debtor's control account. 

Trial balance options

To print a Trial balance:

1.On the Reports ribbon, select Ledger analyser 1 or Ledger analyser 2.

2.Select the “Trial balance” report type.  


3.Select “Per period” to select a period (Month, 2 Months, 3 Months, 4 Months, 6 Months or Year). 

You may click on the “Free selection” tab. You may select or enter any date or dates, which you need to include in the "Trial balance".  

4.Select the "Groups", if required. "None" is the default option. You may select "Reporting group 1" or "Reporting group 2". 

5."Ignore zero balances" - If this field is not selected, all accounts will be listed for the Trial balance. If you select (tick) this field; only those accounts with balances will be included in the "Trial balance".  

6."Viewer Debtors / Creditors" - Do not select (tick) if you only need to list only the control accounts of the Debtor (customer / client) and Creditor (supplier / vendor) accounts. If this field is selected (ticked), it will list all the individual debtor (customer / client) and creditor (supplier / vendor) accounts. 

The Trial balance and the Balance sheet report types allows you to select the "Viewer Debtors / Creditors" option. 

Tick this option to show the break down of the Debtor (customer / client) accounts in the Debtor's control account and the break down of the Creditor (supplier / vendor) accounts in the Creditor's control account. This will list all individual debtor (customer / client) for the debtor's control account and creditor (supplier / vendor) account balances for the creditor's control account. 


7."Include opening balances" - If this option is selected (ticked), it will include the opening balances of those accounts which have opening balances. If this option is not selected; the opening balances will not be included in the "Trial balance".    

8."Opening balances only" - If this option is not selected; this option, in most cases, will not be displayed. If this option is available; you may select (tick) this option to include only the opening balances. All other balances will then be ignored. 

9."Budget" - Leave this option blank to include the actual posted (updated) transactions in the "Trial balance".  

The "Budget" option, if selected, will list only the budget figures (Budget listing) in the Trial balance, Income statement, Balance sheet and Standard column balances report types (if budget figures were entered in the Accounts option on the Action ribbon). 

10."Cost centre 1" and "Cost centre 2" - The Cost centres (2 Groups) will only be available, if Cost centres are added in Groups on the Setup ribbon; and if activated.

11.Click on the Report button. This will build or refresh the "Trial balance" with the selected options. 

Example : Trial balance 

An example of the "Trial balance - Reporting group 1" report type, in the "Ledger analyser" screen, is displayed as follows: 


If you have created two (2) Reporting groups (in the Groups option on the Setup ribbon), you may have different views of your data. For example the "Group" options: 

None - Lists all accounts according to account code. 

Reporting group 1 - List all accounts according to the reporting group (e.g. Income + Expenses + Capital + Current Liabilities + Fixed Assets + Current Assets) 

Reporting group 2 - List all accounts according to the reporting group (e.g. Fixed Assets + Current Assets + Capital + Current Liabilities + Income + Expenses) 

To change your view of the Accounting groups , select the groups and use the Move up and Move down buttons to change the sequence. 

This will determine the sequence in which your Groups are listed on the Accounts option on the Action ribbon and on the Ledger analyser is displayed, when Reporting group 1 or Reporting group 2 is selected. 

Click on the Print button.  

Printed example : Trial balance

An example of the printed "Trial balance - Reporting group 1", is displayed as follows: 

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To save the Trial balance as a PDF file:

1.On the "Reportman print preview" screen, select Save (Ctrl+Sreportman-preview-icon-save – This will launch the “Save Metafile As” screen. 

2.Select the directory (folder) where you need to save this file, if necessary. 

3.Enter a file name. 

4.Select the "PDF File – compressed" default file type.

5.Click Save.

Export to Spreadsheets

Export button for all Report types on Ledger analyser 1 / Ledger analyser 2 - 

You may save the export file as Text files (*.txt) (default file type); or as CSV files (*.csv) (Comma Separated Values) file type. This will automatically open (launch) the exported file in the program associated with the selected file type:

oText files e.g. (Export.txt) - This should automatically open the exported text file of your system's default text file program associated with Text file type (*.txt) file types (e.g. Notepad, etc). You need to close the exported text file and launch your spreadsheet program. In your spreadsheet program, Open the text file to launch the "Text Import" options.

oCSV files e.g. (Export.csv) - This should automatically open the "Text Import" options of your system's default spreadsheet program associated with Comma Separated Value file type (*.csv) file types (e.g.Microsoft Excel, Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Ultra Office, etc.).