Accounts Payable - Purchase Journal



Use the Purchase Journal to list invoices entered and updated in the Accounts Payable module for a selected accounting period. The report can be produced in vendor number, distribution account or alternate sequence. When the General Ledger module is installed, there is an additional option to create a report by general ledger distribution.


=> To access this task...

Select Purchase Journal from the Period End Processing menu.


NOTE: Because the Open Invoice file is used to produce the Purchase Journal, it is very important to check the Retain Zero Invoices parameter to the Purchase Journal for prior periods.


Purchase Journal menu

About the Fields


In the Period field...

  • Enter the desired accounting period for the report. The current period will be the default value.

In the Year field...

  • Enter the desired accounting year for the report. The current year will be the default value.

NOTE: Because the Purchase Journal does not update information, you can select any accounting period in the fiscal year regardless of whether records exist for the selected period. However, the Purchase Journal only prints the information for prior periods if the information has not been cleared (Refer to Period End Update).


From the Sequence dropdown...

  • Select Alternate Sequence (A) from the Sequence drop down box to create the journal by vendor alphabetically.

  • Select Distribution Account (D) from the Sequence drop down box to create the report by distribution account sequence (only if G/L is installed).

  • Select Vendor ID (V) from the Sequence drop down box to create the report by vendor number sequence. Vendor ID will be the default selection.

The contents of the report are the same regardless of the sequence selected.


NOTE: Printing the report in Distribution Sequence (D) causes the task to first sort the records in the file. The amount of time the sort consumes depends on the number of records in the file.


From the Vendor Type dropdown...

  • Select All to include all vendor types.

  • Select Permanent to include only permanent type vendors.

  • Select Temporary to include only temporary type vendors.

When finished making selections...

  • Click Run Process button to create the Purchase Journal.

  • Click Clear Form button to clear entries and begin again.

  • Click Period End Processing Menu without creating the report.

When the Multiple AP Types parameter is checked, the report is grouped and subtotaled by accounts payable type. The Purchase Journal appears in the Document Output Display window.

Sample Purchase Journal


See Output Options.


If General Ledger is installed and the GL Posting Parameter is checked, a second Document Output Display window displays. This GL recap lists general ledger postings, in account number order, created during the Purchase Journal. If the GL Recap report detects any other errors, an error message appears.


Sample Purchase Journal - GL Account Totals


See Output Options.


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