Reconciliation is the process of confirming that the balance in the Accounting books matches the balance in the Statement [gateway statement, bank statement etc].
Reconciliation helps your accounting team confirm that all the amounts appearing in the statement are brought to record into the books of accounts and a clear explanation emerges for the unreconciled items.
Only Chargebee sites with Stripe gateway configured are supported.
Imagine that you have a number of invoices processed on a daily basis. The payments are initiated from Chargebee and processed by your gateway. The gateway transfers the final amount (as a lump sum) at the end of the day or after a few days depending on the gateway, with no correlation to the original Invoices for which payments are processed. The problem statement is as follows:
How do we reconcile the invoices/transactions with the bank statement when one lump sum amount is deposited in the Bank Account (when you do not know which individual invoices make up the lump sum amount)?
|Sum of $490 credited to the Bank Account on 4th Jan||Customer 1 - Invoice 001 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)|
|Customer 2 - Invoice 002 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)|
|Customer 3 - Invoice 003 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)|
|Customer 4 - Invoice 004 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)|
|Customer 5 - Invoice 005 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)|
Stripe can be linked to Xero as a payment processor. But Stripe cannot be connected to Xero to download the statement from Stripe (as you can do with your bank accounts)
The Reconciliation process can be simplified by following the steps mentioned below [this is a recommendation from Chargebee and may vary based on different accounting practices]:
Mapping payments between the Gateway statement, Invoices/transactions and your Bank statement becomes easy.
Currently, Chargebee only supports downloading and pushing account statements from Stripe Gateway.
|Invoices/ Transactions||Gateway Statement||Bank Transaction|
|Customer 1 - Invoice 001 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)||Transaction processed, for $99|
|Customer 2 - Invoice 002 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)||Transaction processed, for $99|
|Customer 3 - Invoice 003 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)||Transaction processed, for $99|
|Customer 4 - Invoice 004 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)||Transaction processed, for $99|
|Customer 5 - Invoice 005 - $99 (Paid on 2nd Jan)||Transaction processed, for $99|
|Processing Fee - $5.00|
|Transfer $490 to Bank account on 4th Jan|
|Sum of $490 credited to the Bank Account on 4th Jan|
The gateway processing fees may be aggregated in case the fees was applied multiple times.
Step 1: Download Gateway Statement from Chargebee
Step 2: Upload Gateway Statement in Xero
All Paid Invoices shall be integrated from Chargebee to Xero into the Gateway account in Xero with Type as Bank.
Step 3 Run browser extension to reconcile
Step 4: Map the Gateway Processing Fees Manually
Map the Gateway Processing fees to a specific expense account in Xero
You can also create a Reconciliation rule so Xero can match the conditions next time and automatically display as a match. Read more about Xero Reconciliation rules.
Step 5: Transfer settlement amount to a Bank Account
After the Payments and refunds are reconciled between the Gateway Statement and Gateway Bank account, the lump sum amount pending to be transferred in the Gateway Statement shall be transferred from the Gateway Bank Account to your actual Bank Account.
Step 6: Reconcile Bank statement
The gateway transfer should be reconciled against the bank statement entry to complete the Reconciliation process
Reconciling Multi-currency invoices
1. How will the gateway statement be converted into Xero understandable format?
When you download the statement from Chargebee, Chargebee will understand the type of gateway and convert it to a format accepted by Xero.
2. How are multi-currency invoices managed?
For Multi currency users, the exchange rate will be derived from the Gateway (by calculating the exchange rate from the original and converted amount)
3. Why should I enable Include pending transactions and Include unsettled payouts?
Payment transactions and payment gateway payouts between your bank and gateway accounts do not happen in real-time. Let's say you are using the Stripe payment gateway for payment processing and you have a few transactions initiated via Stripe for the last week of May. You might actually see these amounts credited in your bank account only in the first week of June, until when they are marked "in progress" in your gateway statement. Similarly, Stripe payouts towards your bank account that includes settlements might take a while to be processed and does not happen in real time with every transaction.
Some businesses may find this sort of time lag difficult because, it could come in the way of the reconciliation process. To address this time lag and to help you with successful reconciliation during any given period of time, you can enable Include pending transactions and Include unsettled payouts. This will help reconcile all amounts successfully, even those that are in pending status.