How to create a new GL account | ParagonERP

Setting up GL accounts


Upon installation, there are default GL accounts set up in Paragon. If there are accounts missing that you require for your financials, this article will explain how to create them. Once they are created, they must be linked to different transactions in order for the system to know when to debit and credit the account.

Go to the GL module

You can access the GL module by clicking the more button at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Then, click the GL button.

Create a new GL account

You will be brought to the GL module, which shows the list and structure of accounts that are currently set up.

The default accounts that are set up in Paragon upon installation include (among others):

  • 1 Assets
  • 2 Liabilities
  • 3 Equity
  • 4 Revenue
  • 5 Cost of sales
  • 6 Expenses
  • 7 Expenses 2
  • 8 Expenses 3
  • 9 Financial

Click the create new GL account button at the top left-hand corner.

The following screen will appear. On this screen, you need to fill out the account name, account number, account type and reporting group.

If you want to create a new sub-account from an existing account, select the desired parent account in the list view and click the create new button. So, if you want to create a new GL bank account called chequing and you want the parent account to be bank select the bank record in the GL list and click the create new button. The resulting new GL sub-account will, by default, be created under that selected parent account.

Fill out the required information

To fill out the account number, click on the field. In Paragon, you can choose to number your accounts using any format you desire (ex:, 1000, 1-0-0-0).

To fill out the account name, click on the field.

To choose an account type, click into the field and choose from the list that displays.

To choose a reporting group, click into the field and choose from the list that displays.

Save and activate the GL account

When you are ready to create this new GL account, click the save button at the bottom right-hand corner.

You can cancel at any time before saving by clicking the cancel button at the top left-hand corner. If you cancel, your GL account will not be created.

When you click save, the account will be created as inactive. 

Click the activate button to activate the GL account at the bottom right-hand corner.

Please note that once an account is created it cannot be deleted.  There may be accounts that you do not wish to use, they can be deactivated so that there‚Äôs no risk of it showing up in your journal entries.

If you have opted to disable posting into parent accounts, you will be given this notification when you create a new sub (or child) account and a parent account is found in your GL link setup:  

Verify the parent account

If you take a look at the parent account, you'll notice that the newly created account as well as all other sub-accounts previously created are indicated under the heading sub-accounts.

Hide/show inactive GL account

To deactivate a GL account, simply click the deactivate button at the bottom right-hand corner.

The status of the GL account will be shown as inactive. 

Once you have deactivated your accounts, you can choose to hide or show them by hitting the show inactive toggle button at the top right-hand side of the screen.

When the toggle is blue, it means the deactivated accounts are showing in your list view.

When the toggle is grey, it means the deactivated accounts are not showing in your list view.

You can always export your GL chart of accounts to view which ones are active and inactive all in one excel spreadsheet.

What's next?

Now that you know how to create GL accounts, learn how to link your GL account to transactions. You may also be interested in some financial reports and outputs: 

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