Multi-Year Stale Balance Report
Prior to reading the instructions on the Multi-Year Stale Balance Report, it is beneficial to review the following sections of the IU Accounting Standards Book to gain foundational information along with report requirements and best practices:
- Accounting Fundamentals Standards Section
- Chart of Accounts and General Ledger Standards Section
- Financial Statements Accounting Standards Section
The Multi-Year Stale Balance Report is a new report introduced to help locate and investigate stale asset and liability balances within the financial statements. Stale balance analysis is an important process because it helps fiscal officers and users of the financial statement pinpoint and isolate issues on the balance sheet which have a direct impact on the income statement and cause a misrepresentation of the overall financial position of the entity. As a general overview, stale balances are assets or liabilities whose balances have not changed for an extended period of time. A common example is an accounts payable invoice that was never paid or an outstanding credit memo. For further information regarding assets and liabilities, see the balance sheet instructions. The Multi-Year Stale Balance Report looks at all assets and liabilities. Stale balance(s) must be investigated and adjusted to ensure the balance sheet accurately reflects assets and liabilities.
How Does the Report Determine a Stale Balance?
In order for a balance to be considered stale, it must meet the following requirements:
- The present balance (Year 0: Actual Thru Present) cannot not be zero.
- The balance must remain consistent for at minimum two years.
In row one of the example below, the Years 0, 1 & 2 balances have remained the same at $(31,523.04). This would be considered a stale balance and requires further investigation.
Once these two conditions are met, the report generates a row showing the details related to the transaction.
Depending on how far back your stale balances go, the report can display information going back 3, 5 or 10 years. By selecting 5 or 10 years of information, you can quickly pin-point the origins of the balances. The more often these balances are checked and corrected, the shorter the duration that needs to be selected.
Running the Report
Define the search parameters to return results relevant to your organization or to a specific account. The search parameters available in the Multi-Year Stale Balance report are divided into three parameter types: chart of account report parameters, report specific parameters and display parameters.
If there are questions related to running the report, requirements or reviewing results, please contact your (RC) fiscal officer or campus office. Each campus may have individual specific requirements related to the Multi-Year Stale Balance Report, be sure to reach out to the related campus office or fiscal officer prior to quarter closings.
General Notes: Do not include any special characters other than approved wildcards in any of the below parameters. Additionally, do not run reports by campus as it will take up valuable computing services.
Click Save Parameter Settings to save your parameters for future use of this report. For instructions, review the Saving Parameter Set portion of the Controller's Office Reporting Tools page to learn how.