17th February, 2017
This is a great time of the year to review what monies are owed to you – remember you are not in the business of lending money!
Often it is the enticement of an end of year tax deduction that lures customers into paying you, so don’t be afraid to dangle this carrot when requesting payment.
To start with, you need to make sure that who your accounting software says owes you money, does actually owe you money.
You can start by printing out a Debtors report.
In MYOB AccountRight, go into Reports, select Sales, and then select the Receivables Reconciliation (summary) Report either as at 31 January 2017, or the current date depending on how up to date your file is.
What you are looking for is that only the customers that still owe you money is on this list and after you review that is exactly what this list will say.
Review the Receivables Reconciliation list especially the 31-60, 61-90 and 90+ day columns for accuracy and correct for the following anomalies:
Start following up and chasing some of those old accounts – send a courtesy letter requesting payment by the end of the month. If your terms of agreement allow, you may state that you will seek to charge interest if the monies are not received before 31 March.
The information provided here is of a general nature for New Zealanders and should not be your only source of information. Please consult an experienced and registered tax agent as each small business’s circumstance will vary.