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The Chart of Accounts

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This guide explains everything you need to know about the Chart of Accounts in Sage 50cloud Accounts, including what it is, what it contains and how to edit it.


What is a Chart of Accounts?

When you run management reports in Sage 50cloud Accounts, your nominal accounts are categorised so you can analyse your income, expenditure, assets, liabilities and capital, and see how your business is performing. The Chart of Accounts is a list of all your nominal accounts and it determines which category each account appears in. You can have more than one Chart of Accounts.

What is a nominal account?

Nominal accounts are records that track the different types of sales and purchases for your business, for example, bank charges, petrol or sales. Each nominal account has a unique nominal code reference to identify the account, though you can change them to use your own numbering scheme if needed.

When you enter a transaction in Sage 50cloud Accounts, you assign the relevant nominal code depending on what you're recording. For example, a sales invoice or a bank payment.

Default Layout of Accounts

When you first set up your company in Sage 50cloud Accounts, your nominal accounts and Chart of Accounts are based on the business type you select. For example, sole trader, partnership, limited company or charity.

What does the Chart of Accounts consist of?

The chart of accounts is split into two areas - Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet.

TIP: To view the default Chart of Accounts, categories, and list of nominal codes - 

Profit & Loss categories

To view the Profit & Loss categories - 

Balance Sheet categories

To view the Balance Sheet categories - 

What can I do to the Chart of Accounts?

If necessary you can:

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