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How to carry over the pending Amazon settlement balance in Xero
Mariko Newman avatar
Written by Mariko Newman
Updated over a week ago

Amazon settlements are generally paid every 1-2 weeks, but will often cross a month boundary. For example, one settlement may start on February 20th and run through to March 06th.

A2X will split the settlement data according to which month the sales or fee actually occurred in. This ensures that your financial accounts properly record the transactions in the correct month. This also makes months more comparable to previous months and years for your reporting purposes.

Please Note: When we split the settlement invoice in Xero, we use a 'Carried Forward Balance' account to carry over the pending Amazon settlement balance. This allows you to simply reconcile the deposit from Amazon to a single invoice only reflecting the total final settlement.

Our example settlement period starts on Apr 22nd and runs through to May 06th.

As you see below, A2X splits the settlement, so the correct settlement data is allocated to April and the correct settlement data is allocated to May.

In our example, the split would be as follows:

  • April invoice covering April 22nd through to April 30th

  • May invoice covering May 1st through to May 6th

After sending these from A2X to Xero, you will only see the one invoice dated for (second half of settlement) and within the invoice, it will contain a Carried Balance amount.

The first half of the settlement has already been approved and will sit in ‘paid’ if you would like to review it for accounting and tax purposes.

The April entry is a debit to the Carried Balance account and the May entry is a credit to the Carried Balance account.

Invoice for April

Invoice for May

Effectively, we are simply debiting the carried balance account in one month and then crediting the same account for the same amount in the very next month, all within the one settlement that has been split by month.

This allows you to reconcile to the one invoice only, rather than trying to match the deposit to multiple entries.

If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to us at We would be glad to help you.

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