How to record a bank mistake through a Journal Entry
The Bank made a mistake which was reflected on one month's Bank Statement and fixed on the next. How do I record it?
Typically, you will record the Bank's mistake using a Journal Entry. To review your other options, see this article. If the Bank mistakenly took too much money, you would Credit the Bank Account for the additional amount. If the Bank mistakenly added too much money, you would Debit the Bank Account for the additional amount.
Once you, your Accountant, or your Finance Committee have determined the offsetting account to use for Bank Errors, use this account for the other side of the entry. Since the Bank will correct the mistake, you could mark the box to Insert Reversing Journal Entry before submitting the Journal Entry. This will automatically create a reversing Journal Entry dated the first day of the next month. The date can be edited.
- Adding a comment to the line item of the bill and the journal entry to tie the transactions together can be helpful for future reference. Example: On the journal entry the comment may be See bill 123 and on the bill see JE 456 for correction.