How to use the contra feature in MoneyWorks accounting system?
The contra feature in MoneyWorks is not to offset between customers owing or between the outstanding of a customer and a supplier. A contra, in MoneyWorks accounting system, is to knock off the credit note of the same customer or supplier with their invoice.
Let's say you received a credit note of US$414.30 from a foreign currency supplier and going to use it to offset the outstanding purchase invoice of $41,430.
The first method is to select the credit note while making a payment to the supplier. This method may be more "controlled' to some users as you can dictate the bank account, date, and credit amount to use.
Another method is to use the contra invoice feature from the command menu to offset the credit note against the invoice. Highlight the available credit note and follow the contra invoice wizard to select the invoice to offset. It's simple and easy.
However, this method does not have an option of changing the contra date and credit amount used. A dummy bank account, which is the bank account used in your last transaction, will add to the contra payment transaction. Since the dummy bank account is the account used in the previous transaction, and there is no accounting impact; therefore, whether the currency matches the transaction currency or not is immaterial.