Construction Accounting

Accounting systems form an integral part of any successful business. Proper accounting not only helps the organization know its monitory worth, but also works as leverage to climb the ladders of growth. A construction company is like any other company and has many responsibilities towards their employees, customers, vendors, investors and government. They are bound to answer questions or queries that are raised time to time. Unless, they maintain a sound accounting procedure and proper reporting systems they can not fulfill these requirements.The construction industry has some specific accounting requirements. Apart from routine receivable and payable accounts, they need systems for project estimating, job costing, overhead expenses, project schedules and contracts, project billing, vendor tracking and invoicing, customer management, etc. A typical construction accounting system includes accounts payable, job cost management, accounts receivable, payroll, detailed job budgets, time and material billing, general ledger, AIA billing, subcontract status, custom job reports, certified payroll, over and under billings, purchase orders, union reports, inventory, equipment tracking, work in progress, etc.In this computer age, there are many software packages available. Software specifically developed for the construction industry incorporates their specific requirements and are user-friendly and can be operated by the personnel with little computer knowledge. Apart from fulfilling statutory requirements such as balance sheets, profit and loss accounts for company and outside agencies like sales tax and customs departments, these packages generate innumerable reports which would be very helpful in company’s decision making process.Most of this accounting software covers four major areas of construction industries.
Accounting module covers, A/P, A/R, check writing, financial reports, inventory, job costs, payroll, project billing, cost estimating module covers assemblies, as well as unit costs, project management module includes change orders, contract writing, material takeoffs, punch lists, schedules. Business management module deals with appointments, customer relations, leads, property management, sales, etc.