Dues Postings Page
The Dues Postings page is used to post amounts to a member's Dues account. The current account balance is displayed at the bottom of the list, as well as a subtotal of the selected rows.
Note: Posting types, shown in the example below, only apply to MemberTies Professional.
This page provides a standard dual view of data, showing the list of existing records on the top, and the details below. See Editing Records for more information.
The two fields below the list quickly show balances:
•Selected - sums all selected rows
•Total - sums all rows, selected or not
To create a new record, click Add; or, select an existing record and click Edit, Copy, or Delete.
The following fields are available:
•Posted - the date on which the entry is being recorded
•Recognized - the date on which you want the amount to apply to your organization. Since most activities tend to start and end in a short time period, the date recognized will normally be the same as the date posted. But if you need to prepare for an activity during the latter part of one year but actually account for it the following year, you can use the date recognized to identify these entries. That way, a report run for the first quarter of next year will show an entry that was actually posted the year before.
•Posting Type* - the posting type to be applied to this entry
Note: The posting type will be defaulted to the default Dues posting type specified in the Posting Types list, if available. If no default has been set, the type will be blank. See Maintaining Posting Types for more information.
•Status - the status being purchased. You do not have to enter the status of the actual membership record (you might be entering a historical dues payment for a previous status, such as "prospect", even though the member is actually a full member now). There is no connection between the status entered here and the status of the main record, though you can have the system synchronize them (see below).
Note: When creating a new dues posting, the status will default to the status of the member record.
•Amount - The amount to be recorded. Only positive numbers may be used. The posting type determines whether the amount is applied as a debit or credit to the account. You can also use the Dues Calculator* icon to the right of the Amount field to calculate or prorate the yearly dues amount for the status.
Note: The Quick Amounts section shows any minimum or maximum amount defined for the selected posting type, and the yearly dues amount defined for the selected Status. These amounts can be quickly entered by clicking the amount.
•Method - the payment method used. See Maintaining Payment Methods for more information.
•Check - the cheque number or other payment identifier
•Print Receipt -controls when a receipt should be printed for the entry:
•No Receipt - indicates that no receipt needs to be printed at all
•Mark for Printing - indicates that the record should be marked so that you can run a receipt report from the Reports window, and use Print Receipt as part of your report criteria to print all marked receipts at once.
•Print on Save - indicates that a receipt will be automatically printed when the OK button is clicked to save the entry. Note that the system will automatically switch the setting to "No Receipt" after printing. You can also print a receipt by selecting the saved record on the Income/Expense list.
•Receipt Nbr/Book - these fields are enabled whenever the selected posting type is one that has been defined to generate a receipt number. The fields are disabled for all other posting types. The Receipt Number is a sequential number generated by the system. The Receipt Book is the value set in preferences.
Note: The receipt number is not automatically generated until the record is saved or a Receipt is printed via the Receipt button. This ensures that the next receipt number is not used until it is needed.
Note: if the receipt icon is displayed next to the Book field, it enables you to force the system to generate the next receipt number immediately. Note that once a receipt number has been generated, it is "used" permanently, even if you choose not to save the entry. The only way to reset it is via the Receipt Book Numbers preference. If you want to "regenerate" a new number for an entry that already has a receipt number, you must clear the field first, then click Assign Now to generate a new number. If you do not want the Assign Now option to be available at all, it can be turned off via the Display Assign Now preference.
•Comments - general comments about the entry
•Private Comments - comments that will not appear on any system report
•Main Member Record Changes
oUpdate Status - controls whether the status of the main record will be updated to match the status on this posting
oSet Start Date To - if the member should receive a new Start Date because of this entry, enter the new date. The system will update the date on the main record automatically.
oSet End Date To - if the member should receive a new End Date because of this entry, enter the new date. The system will update the date on the main record automatically.
|The Suggest New End Date* preference can be used to make the system automatically select this option and enter a suggested date in the Set End Date field. This preference lets you specify the number of months the End Date should advance when posting debits or credits.|
As described above for the, "Print Receipt" field, you have the option of marking many entries for future receipt printing.
If you choose to print a batch of receipts via the Reports window, you will probably want to clear the "Print Receipt" flag from your records. This is not done automatically because the system has no way of knowing whether or not the printing was successful. Your printer may have jammed, been out of ink, printed poorly, used the wrong paper, etc., so you must clear the flag manually. This can be done on the Reports window using the Clear Receipts option on the ribbon.
If you are using MemberTies Professional, there are some other dues-related options:
•You can post dues directly from the Membership List to any number of selected records, or records with a specific status. See Posting to Multiple Records for more information
•The system can automatically post dues on new records, the start date, the end date, or on specific dates, all based on the member's status. See Maintaining Statuses for more information.
•The system can automatically post interest charges to past-dues accounts based on the member's status. See Maintaining Statuses for more information.
•You can maintain a separate list of Donations that do not affect the dues account at all. See the Donations page for details.
•You can create a Deposit containing any number of posting entries. See Tracking Deposits for details.
* Professional Version Only