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QuickBooks 2013 For Dummies by Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA

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Eleven Things to Do If Your Non-Online Account Doesn’t Balance

tip.eps I want to give you some suggestions for reconciling an account when you’re having problems. If you’re sitting in front of your computer, wringing your hands, try the tips in this section:

check.png Make sure that you’re working with the right account. Sounds dumb, doesn’t it? If you have several bank accounts, however, ending up in the wrong account is darn easy. So go ahead and confirm, for example, that you’re trying to reconcile your checking account at Mammoth International Bank by using the Mammoth International Bank checking account statement.

check.png Look for transactions that the bank has recorded but you haven’t. Go through the bank statement to make sure that you recorded every transaction that your bank has recorded. You can easily overlook cash-machine withdrawals, special fees, or service charges (such as charges for checks or your safe deposit box), automatic withdrawals, direct deposits, and so on.

tip.eps If the difference is positive — that is, the bank thinks that you have less money than you think that you should have — you may ...

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