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Duties and Responsibilities of a General Ledger Accountant 

A General Ledger Accountant is responsible for recording transactions on the general ledger. General ledger accountants prepare journal entries, reconcile financial statements and accounts, and ensure data accuracy. They typically report to a supervisor or manager and work with management in other departments including IT, sales operations, engineering, and legal. Most general ledger accountants work full time in an office setting; they may occasionally work overtime to accommodate the needs of their company. Since this position involves analyzing and ensuring accuracy of data, those who are well-suited to a career as a general ledger accountant are detail-oriented, organized, and accurate.

A general ledger accountant is responsible for recording transactions on the general ledger.

GL Accountant Duties:

  • Prepare accurate and reliable financial statements for the company
  • Keep accurate records of transactions
  • Perform financial transactions such as paying bills and preparing deposits
  • Prepare financial reports
  • Maintain the accounting records of the company
  • Systematize, organize, and interpret financial data
  • Research and resolve accounting problems

GL Accountant Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and process all journal entries, allocations, and corrections; oversee all fixed assets, depreciation, and accruals; oversee preparation of monthly and quarterly financial reports and analysis; prepare and forecast cash flows
  • Confirm compliance with tax authorities such as the IRS, DOR, EDD, and CA State Board of Equalization
  • Maintain accurate records, including system backups
  • Maintain internal controls over financial reporting
  • Support accounting team to prepare quarterly financial statements, including analyzing variance reports
  • Support senior management to analyze financial results and new business opportunities
  • Perform ad hoc projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

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