If you have clients currently on other accounting software that you are looking to move to Coconut, this article shares some guidance on the best way to do it.
Saving Receipts / Attachments / Invoices
Depending on your accounting system, you can normally export attachments such as receipts and invoices. If your previous system does not offer this functionality, there are often third party apps that allow you to extract this.
Aligning Accounting Data
Coconut uses cash-basis accounting, driven primarily by the bank connections that your client makes. Once your client has connected their bank accounts, there are a few options for aligning Coconut to their previous accounting data:
Export a G/L and a trial balance for a given period from your previous accounting software
Understand how you intend to map the chart of accounts from the previous system into Coconut's chart of accounts (Coconut uses the same chart of accounts for all clients to make this process easier).
Take a first pass to review the categories on the transactions in Coconut through the Accountant Portal - this will likely get everything coded roughly the same as your previous system before you start comparing records.
Use the G/L entries from your previous system to compare and update the categories on each transaction in the Coconut Accountant Portal, in line with your mapping
Use the trial balance from your previous system to compare the totals to the category totals down the left hand side of the bookkeeping tab in the portal.
Coconut Partners can make use of our migration service.
Migration Service for Coconut Partners
If you have a client that you are migrating from other software and you want to align their accounting records, we offer a concierge service to help you with this.
We will require the following:
Confirmation of the Start date for the records to be aligned
The client must have connected the same bank accounts that were used to build the accounting record in the previous system.
General Ledger entries from the Start date to the current date
Trial balance from the Start date to the current date
Develop a mapping to the Coconut chart of accounts
Review the transaction categorisation to ensure both income and expenses match to the previous accounting record
Make any manual adjustments to bring the records in line with one another.
We will be able to go back as far as the beginning of the previous tax year (maximum 2 years prior).