Posting to a Closed Year in Microsoft Dynamics GP

Recently, we received the question of whether a user could enter a journal entry for an adjustment to a closed year in Dynamics GP.  The answer is that, this is possible depending on how far back you need to post. The rule follows that you cannot post to more than one closed year.  So if I have closed 2012, I can only post back to 2011 and no further.  As such, when closing the current year, it is a good idea to verify that all closing entries and adjustments to the previous year have been made.

Let’s say you are ready to close 2012 but need to post a JE adjustment for 2011.  To do this, you will need to reopen the fiscal period in which you will be posting by navigating to the Fiscal Periods Setup window.  Go to Microsoft Dynamics GP > Setup > Company > Fiscal Periods.

Select the year that needs to be reopened.  Then, deselect the appropriate checkbox corresponding to the period and module you need to reopen. In my case, I have deselected the Financial module for December of 2011 because I need to make a journal entry adjustment to December 2011

General Ledger post to a prior fiscal year in Dynamics GP

Next, you will need to verify that you are allowed to post to history.  Verify that the Allow Posting to History option in the General Ledger Setup window is selected. Go to Microsoft Dynamics GP > Tools > Setup > Financial > General Ledger.

General Ledger

Now, you are ready to create and post your transaction entry for the closed year.  Once you are finished, go back to the General Ledger setup and unmark the Allow Posting to History option (you may leave it marked if that is the default setup), and close the same fiscal period that was opened earlier, using the Fiscal Periods Setup window.

Navigation Paths:
General Ledger Setup – Microsoft Dynamics GP > Tools > Setup > Financial > General Ledger
Fiscal Periods Setup – Microsoft Dynamics GP > Setup > Company > Fiscal Periods

If you do need to post to more than one closed year, Microsoft does offer a service to achieve this.  For more information, please contact support@trideapartners.com.

Balance Sheet Reporting Without Closing YTD in Dynamics GP

It’s almost that time again. Soon it will be time to complete another year-end close in GP. Since GP will only allow adjusting entries to the SINGLE LAST closed year in GP, it can sometimes be a scary process for users. Due to ongoing audits or other various factors, it may be inevitable that adjustments will be needed for more than just one historical year. Without closing a year, the amounts for balance sheet accounts will not roll over as beginning balances for the next year. For those instances, here is a little trick that will allow for accurate balance sheet reporting, without having to complete the official year-end process in GP.

Below is an example of a Management Reporter column definition. In this example, column B is mapped to pull YTD data from the last month of the last fiscal year. Column C is mapped to pull YTD information for the current fiscal year. Both columns B and C are configured as “non-printing” columns. Finally, column D is a calculation that adds columns B and C. Voila! Accurate balances without closing the year in GP.

 

balance sheet reporting

Word Templates for Dynamics GP 2010

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 now offers two methods of customizing reports such as Sales Invoices and Purchase Orders.  One method is to use Report Writer and the other is to use Microsoft Word.  Report Writer is the standard way of making modifications and was used in prior versions of GP.  Microsoft Word is the new feature that has been added to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010.

These new Word Templates can be setup by going to Reports > Template Maintenance.  Modified versions of reports customized in Report Writer can be used to generate new Word Templates allowing for custom fields to be added to the template.  There are many benefits that come with using the Word templates.  One of the most important is that many users are already familiar with Microsoft Word and its functionality.  Because of this, there is nearly no learning curve and users are able to make effortless changes.  Additionally, images can be stored for logo’s and applied to all documents for a specific GP company by going to Reports > Template Configuration > Images.  While Report Writer only allowed for one modified version of each report, the Word Template functionality allow for multiple versions.  These templates can also be assigned to particular master records such as Customers and Vendors making customizing your business’s Invoices and Purchase Orders easier than ever.