Journals for Year-End Close

Journal Method Comparison

As done throughout the year, Prime Journals should be used for making corrections to mis-posted transactions and/or for assigning balances to chartstrings in deficit.  If you need assistance in choosing what type of Prime Journal is best for your transaction, please review the Choose the Right Prime Journal website, and consider signing up for the Choose the Right Journal training via the Employee Learning Center.

If you encounter a large volume of transactions that need to be corrected, you may also consider using the Year-End Close Spreadsheet Journal.  Here is a quick guide to help you evaluate which journal method is best to use for your corrections:

Journal Type

Use When:

Important Notes:

Cost Transfer/ Correction

(Prime Journal)

Less than 25 original transactions to be corrected.

Creates an individual journal line for each original transaction.

Tracks original transaction date for Sponsored Research Project Corrections.

Standard

(Prime Journal)

More than 25 original transactions to be corrected, where they can be grouped (by chartstring) into less than 25 journal lines.

Cannot be used for Sponsored Research Project corrections.

 

Attach transaction detail (e.g. Ledger Detail) to the journal.

YE Close Spreadsheet

More than 25 journal lines.

Must be submitted (to journals@prinecton.edu or sra@princeton.edu) by the Financial Manager of the Department being debited (charged).

Year-End Close Spreadsheet Journal Process

To assist with corrections for year-end close, we have enabled the use of a simple Year-End Close (Excel) Spreadsheet Journal to correct or re-class multiple transactions at once. This option is intended for corrections; if you have original entries to post, please use the regular journal processes. Guidelines for using this special spreadsheet journal are below:

  1. This process can only be used to correct more than 25 lines. Corrections with less than 25 lines should be done using Prime Journals.
  2. All special year end close spreadsheet journals should be reviewed and submitted by the Department’s Financial Manager. In cases where one Department is charging another, outside of their organization, the initiating Department is responsible for notifying those being charged, and approvals should be obtained in advance. These approvals should be attached and submitted along with the completed spreadsheet.
  3. A separate spreadsheet journal must be prepared for sponsored project and cost share corrections. Upon completion they should be emailed to sra@princeton.edu for validation and submission. Departments should not include non-sponsored related corrections on their sponsored project and cost share corrections spreadsheet journal. Please see the Sponsored Research Year End Close webpage for documentation requirements including the cost transfer justification form, or contact your SRA Analyst for assistance.
  4. Corrections to Labor-Related Expense Accounts cannot be made using this spreadsheet process, and must be completed in the Labor Accounting System.
  5. For Fund Assignment and Fund Transfer Accounts (4802, 4803; and 4804, 4805), a separate spreadsheet must be submitted for Finance & Treasury level review and approval. All regular rules for Prime Assignment and Transfer Journals apply to these entries:
    1. These entries may not use Funds A0000, A0018, G0001 or G0002
    2. Assignment entries utilize Accounts 4802-Fund Assignment In and 4803-Fund Assignment Out. Use the Assignment Accounts when the Fund is the same on both the In and Out lines.
    3. Transfer entries utilize Accounts 4804-Fund Transfer In and 4805-Fund Transfer Out. Use the Transfer Accounts when the Fund is different on the In and Out lines.
    4. The “In” Accounts (4802 and 4804) will increase revenue, and always be the credit (negative) amounts
    5. The “Out” Accounts (4803 and 4805) will decrease revenue, and always be the debit (positive) amounts
  6. Please review the accuracy of ChartFields prior to submission. Spreadsheets with invalid values will be returned to the submitter for correction. Please also review guidance on whether a Transfer (accounts 4804/4805) is appropriate, or whether expense account corrections should be processed instead, to move expenses to the intended Fund.

To request access to the Year End Close Spreadsheet Journal, email journals@princeton.edu. When completed, submit the spreadsheet via email to journals@princeton.edu with "Year End Correction Journal" in the subject line. Sponsored project and cost share corrections should be emailed to sra@princeton.edu with "Year End Correction Journal" in the subject line.

The deadline to submit spreadsheet journals that meet the criteria listed above is Tuesday, June 22.

Late-June Corrections and Adjustments

Given that certain expenses (including Departmental Charges) can post up through June 30th, and given that is the same cut-off date for entering Prime Journals, late June transaction corrections will be allowed to be made via the Year End Close Spreadsheet Journal up through July 6th. Guidelines for late June corrections spreadsheet journals include all of those listed above (with the exception of #1), plus:

  1. This should only be used to adjust transactions posted between June 22nd and June 30th.
  2. This should only be used to adjust transactions within your own organization.   If the correction involves charging a department outside of your organization, you are responsible for obtaining approvals and submitting along with the completed spreadsheet.
  3. Fund Assignment and Fund Transfer Accounts (4802, 4803; and 4804, 4805) will only be permitted if they are being done to alleviate a negative balance created by a transaction posted between June 22nd and June 30th.

The late June corrections spreadsheet journal uses the same Excel template as the year-end close spreadsheet journal. If you need access to the template, please email the Controller’s Office: journals@princeton.edu or the Budget Office: budget@princeton.edu. When completed, submit the spreadsheet via email to the Budget Office email: budget@princeton.edu or your budget analyst with "Year End Correction Journal" in the subject line. Sponsored project corrections should be emailed to sra@princeton.edu with "Year End Correction Journal" in the subject line.

The deadline to submit late June correction spreadsheet journals is Tuesday, July 6th.

FY21 Prime Journals

While the Office of Finance and Treasury will do our best to follow-up on FY21 Prime Journals that are not approved for posting by the end of June, please note that they will be deleted if not fully approved by the month-end deadline (July 2nd). These journals may be re-entered in July (FY22) if they are still needed. Please visit Month End Close & Journals to learn more about this process.