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How to Delete Charts of Account in Sage 50

Sage 50 is a premier accounting software that helps the businesses perform their accounting and bookkeeping tasks in a more streamlined manner. No prizes for guessing why it is hugely popular all over the world. It is also appreciated for its user-friendly interface and useful features. However, there are some features that the users may find difficult to use at times. Deleting the charts of accounts is one such feature incorporated in Sage 50. In this blog, we would be talking about how to delete charts of accounts and other associated matters.

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Steps to Delete an Account from the Charts of Account in Sage 50

  • Before proceeding ahead, you must first make sure that there are no transactions posted onto the general ledger with the reference of the account ID. 
  • If an account shows a nonzero balance, you should delete/remove transactions attached to it.
  • Next, you need to view the initial balance entries
  • In case an account shows a nonzero balance, you should enter a corresponding G/L transaction into the General Journal , so as to maintain the account balance to zero. 
  • Then, after subsequent year-end closings, you may purge/delete the account.

Way to Delete an Account Permanently in Sage 50

  • Open Sage 50 
  • Navigate to the Maintain menu
  • Click on Chart of Accounts
  • The  Maintain Chart of Accounts window will appear on your screen.
  • Enter/select the account ID you need to delete. 
  • To view the list of existing accounts, go to the G/L Account ID field and type ? .  Alternatively, you may click on the Lookup button.
  • Now click on the Delete toolbar and delete the account.
  • If the account contains a nonzero balance, Sage 50 would display a message informing that you cannot delete the same.
  • If you still need to delete it, examine its history by going to the Maintain Chart of Accounts window. 
  • Next, view the General Ledger report that includes a date range of the last 2 open fiscal years
  • Locate the account transactions
  • Double-click to view the corresponding task window where the transactions originated. 
  • Delete these transactions, 
  • Return to the general ledger. 
  • If you want to delete an account with beginning-balance entry, go to the Maintain Chart of Accounts window and click on the Beginning Balances button.

Conclusion :

We hope the sequential steps mentioned above have helped you a great deal to delete charts of accounts in Sage 50. If you are still experiencing any difficulties in carrying out the above-mentioned steps, we would recommend you to speak to some of the authorized Sage experts.

How to Delete Charts of Account in Sage 50

ūüĎČ Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Voiding and Deleting? Which one is better?

From an accounting point of view, there is no major difference between voiding and deleting a check or chart of an account in Sage. Deleting and Voiding accomplish the same thing. Both the actions remove the impact of the transaction on your financial statements. From a record-keeping point of view, it is better to void a check/transaction than to delete it.

How can I Delete an Account with non-zero Balance  in  Sage 50?

If you  want  to delete  an  account with a nonzero balance in any accounting period within the two currently open fiscal periods, Sage 50 would  display a message stating that you cannot delete the account.
If you still want to delete  such an account, examine the history of the account in the Maintain Chart of Accounts window. Then, view the General Ledger report including a date range of the two open fiscal years. Locate the account transactions; then double-click to display the corresponding task window where the transactions originated. Finally, delete these transactions, and return to the general ledger. To remove an account beginning-balance entry, select the Beginning Balances button in the Maintain Chart of Accounts window.

How to make an Account Inactive in Sage 50?

You may make an account inactive to make sure that no transactions are attached with it anymore. After two subsequent year-end closings, you will be able to purge the account.

‚Ė™ Go to the¬†Maintain¬†menu
‚Ė™ Click on Chart of Accounts.¬†The Maintain Chart of Accounts window will appear on your screen
‚Ė™ Enter/select the account ID you need to make inactive
‚Ė™ To view the list of existing accounts, go to the G/L Account ID¬†field¬† and¬† type¬†?¬†. Alternatively, you may click on the Lookup button.
‚Ė™ Click on the Inactive check box to the right of the selected account ID.¬†

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